The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) offers several classes of licenses, and the requirements are different for each class. The terminal elevator and primary elevator are the only two classes where licensees are required to sample upon receipt and resolve grade and dockage issues through the CGC.

AFSC only accepts the receipted grade on sales from buyers who have a primary elevator or a terminal elevator license from the CGC.

If grain is sold to a grain dealer, private buyer or process elevator before an AFSC on-farm inspector performs a post-harvest inspection, AFSC may use the client’s samples, based on the following conditions:

Grain sold directly off the field

  • To obtain approval to use a sample they collect, clients need to contact their branch office prior to the grain being removed.
    • If clients do not receive approval before the grain is removed, AFSC will use the designated grade of the grain.
  • If the sample is acceptable, AFSC will grade it and use the actual grade.
  • If the sample is not acceptable, AFSC will use the designated grade of the grain.

Grain sold from the bin

  • If the grain sample is acceptable, it will be graded accordingly.
  • If the sample is not acceptable, AFSC will use the designated grade of the grain.
  • If the bin is being emptied, or if there will be less than 400 bushels remaining, clients can contact their branch office for AFSC to come sample the grain before it is moved.

If clients have retained a grain sample and there is a minimum of 400 bushels in the bin, the inspector will compare the sample to the grain in the bin to determine whether the sample is acceptable.

  • If the grain sample is acceptable, it will be graded accordingly.
  • If the sample is not acceptable, a new sample will be taken from the bin.
  • If there is less than 400 bushels remaining in the bin, AFSC will use the designated grade of the grain.

AFSC must receive a representative grain sample per truckload if sold off the field, or per bin.

Sampling requirements

  • Grain must be collected in a sealed five-gallon pail that preserves moisture content, maintains sample integrity, and keep out rodents and insects.
  • The sample needs to be obtained intermittently—such as while the grain is loaded into each truck for sales directly from the field or from each truck while unloading into bins.
  • Samples are to be stored in a manner acceptable to AFSC, and should represent the quality of the crop that was sold.

If a client saves a sample and AFSC determines that it is unrepresentative, AFSC will assign the grain its designated grade.

For answers to your questions or for more information about this process, visit an AFSC office, send an email to info@afsc.ca or call 1.877.899.2372.