GFM Network News


Guess who’s paying for new grain grading?

New CGC regulations would add DON and falling number to Canada’s grade specifications

Reading Time: 8 minutes A proposal by the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) to add two grading factors to its list of parameters is stirring considerable debate, mostly among members of the western Canadian food value chain, but also in the east. The two factors revealed in a document published by the CGC late last year are falling number (FN) […] Read more

The falling number test requires laboratory-like conditions, and is usually only done at selected central locations when there is a general concern about sprout damage.

Better than meets the eye?

Canada’s quality-control system still has a lot of support, but some are calling for grades to be determined by machines, not the human eye

Reading Time: 4 minutes Is that No. 2 CWRS just as good for milling and baking as a No. 1? Or does that No. 1 CWRS have some quality damage that can’t be seen with the naked eye, making it no better than a No. 2? The answer could be yes in both cases, sometimes, in cases that might […] Read more


Cash ticket deferral option to remain unchanged

Reading Time: 2 minutes The federal government is leaving its deferred cash purchase ticket policy unchanged. When listed grains (wheat, oats, barley, rye, flax, canola, rapeseed) are delivered for payment at a licensed elevator, an elevator operator can issue either a cash purchase ticket or a deferred cash purchase ticket, payable in the year following the year in which […] Read more

It’s buyer’s choice when it comes to your grain

Getting and keeping your farm on your elevator's 'first-call' list is harder than ever

Reading Time: 6 minutes With the competition heating up among farmers trying to sell their grain, and also among the elevators trying to buy it, relationship building between buyers and sellers has never been more important to business success for grain and oilseed producers. It’s why dropping in to say a friendly hello every few months is no longer […] Read more


The great threat of 2015 facing farmers

Undeclared use of Clever and Manipulator could devastate our crop exports and bankrupt individual farms

Reading Time: 6 minutes It has been a trying year for many Prairie farmers. Late-spring frosts, drought, and then a wet fall created headaches for many growers. Unfortunately, an even bigger headache could overshadow these weather issues, resulting in economic losses for every Canadian producer. There is a very real possibility we will lose sales and maybe even important […] Read more