CGC Invites Grain Sector Input on Falling Number, DON as Grading Factors



The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) is seeking input from the grain sector as it ponders whether falling number and deoxynivalenol (DON) should become official grain grading factors.

Currently, falling number and DON are not official grading factors in the statutory Canadian grading system for any type of crop. However, they increasingly play a critical role in grain contracts and the assessment and price that grain sector participants, including producers, receive for their grain. As well, advances in technology and analytical testing now provide the opportunity to test directly for these important characteristics using methods that are increasingly accessible to the sector.

The falling number value is an internationally standardized method for quantifying the extent of sprout damage in wheat. Deoxynivalenol (DON), also called vomitoxin, is a mycotoxin produced by some species of Fusarium, a fungus that infects wheat, barley, oats and corn. DON is toxic to both humans and animals.

In a release Monday, the CGC said it would like to hear from stakeholders whether they support the use of falling number and DON as grading factors within the Canadian grain grading system, and what the impacts would be if these changes were implemented.

“We invite all sector stakeholders to join the conversation on whether to incorporate more analytical testing into the grain grading system, with a view to maintaining the standard of excellence for Canadian grain in the modern marketplace." CGC chief Patti Miller said.

The Canadian Grain Commission is committed to working with its stakeholders to review and modernize the grading system so that it continues to reflect the realities of the evolving grain sector.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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