Grain exports from Canada increase more than 5% despite challenging growing conditions in the 2014-15 season.

In a year when weather events adversely impacted growing, the resulting crops displayed lower and more diverse quality factors than has been experienced for many years. At the same time, exports increased more than 5% year-on-year, and SGS played a vital role in facilitating domestic and international trade.

Grain quality concerns saw demand for grading and testing increase. From the onset of harvest, laboratories have been handling unusually high sample volumes, and our offices across the country have inspected over 17,000,000 MT and tested more than 250,000 samples. In addition to basic grading, timely reporting on Falling Number and Vomitoxin have been key in determining the location and quality of grain needed to meet export commitments.

After the initial quality distribution was determined, new crop grain started moving into the system. SGS has been onsite inland for grading and testing during loading, and then at port terminals to re-affirm quality prior to bin segregation. At the point of loading, quality is monitored on an incremental basis, to ensure a uniform and consistent quality is delivered.

This year’s experience illustrates the importance of third party inspectors working closely with grain handlers, to ensure the efficient movement of grain from farm to end user.

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Mike Metzak
Operations Manager