Canola Dockage

 
  From the July 31, 2017 Issue of Agri-News
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 Alberta producers are reporting large variations among buyers in their dockage assessment on canola.

“On dockage alone, producers have reported from one to over three percent differences in dockage on the same sample of their canola,” says Neil Blue, provincial crop market analyst, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Edmonton. “These differences were reported both in cases of comparing one buyer to another and also in challenging a dockage assessment by using the services of the Canadian Grain Commission.”

If a producer is not satisfied with grade or dockage assessed by a buyer, they can request another assessment of the grade and dockage.

“If the delivery is to a primary elevator, a producer has the right to request that a sample of the load be sent to the Canadian Grain Commission for assessment. Payment for that load will then be subject to the result from the Canadian Grain Commission inspector. The result could be either favorable or unfavorable to the producer, so it’s important to be reasonably certain of your expected grade and dockage in advance of contracting and delivering to a buyer. This right to challenge the grading result only extends to delivery to a primary elevator, but other buyers will very likely try to please their customer also.”

The Canadian Grain Commission’s Grade Grading Guide, available on their website, describes the method, aspirator settings and screens to be considered for use in grading canola.

“The Canadian Grain Commission website also contains the guidelines and forms to use if a producer is challenging the grade or dockage,” says Blue. “If the producer pays for the assessment by the Commission, the fee is about $50 plus mailing costs. Producers are also welcome to contact the Canadian Grain Commission by phone. The closest regional offices are in Saskatoon and Calgary.”

For more information, contact the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276). Blue also has a list of crop buyers that is available on request from 780-422-4053 or by e-mail at neil.blue@gov.ab.ca.

Contact:
Neil Blue
780-422-4053

 
 
 
 
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This information published to the web on July 20, 2017.