Declare the class of your wheat at delivery

Rules for declaring

In western Canada, when you deliver wheat to a licensed elevator, you are required to declare that the delivery you are making is eligible for a specific western Canadian class. The declaration of eligibility for the class is an industry requirement at the time of delivery. You sign the Declaration of eligibility for delivery of grains and oilseeds form. This form is administered by licensed grain companies.

The primary elevator operator grades your wheat delivery according to your declaration of class.

What happens if you do not make a declaration or if you’ve grown a variety that is not eligible for a class? In both these cases, your wheat will be eligible only for the Canada feed class or the lowest grade of amber durum.

Responsibilities at delivery

You must sign a declaration form for your first delivery of the year at each primary elevator you deliver to. The same process applies to producer cars. You are responsible for signing the form and sending it to the administrator of your producer car.

For any other deliveries in the same year, you will be asked to verbally declare the class of grain you are delivering.

If someone is hauling grain for you, you are responsible for ensuring that:

  • You have signed a declaration form at that elevator before your delivery
  • The person hauling your grain knows the class of wheat being delivered

The elevator receiving your wheat will keep samples for random testing and monitoring.

Advice to make declaring at delivery easier

Know your seed

Only varieties on the variety designation lists are eligible to be graded as one of the 8 classes of milling wheat or as Canada Western General Purpose. The best way to know the variety of your wheat at delivery is to know your seed before planting. You can do this by either:

  • Having your old or common seed tested at a private lab before seeding
  • Purchasing certified seed

Avoid mixing eligible and ineligible varieties

For most producers this simply means continuing good operating practices. For others, it means establishing tighter quality management controls.

To avoid mixing eligible and ineligible varieties:

  • Ensure your bins are empty and clean before you store grain.
  • Put only one class of wheat in each bin.
  • Maintain careful records to keep track of the wheat in each bin.
  • If you do not know which wheat class you have in a bin, get your wheat tested at a private lab.

If you have someone hauling grain for you:

  • Provide clear instructions to the transporter about which bins to load from.
  • Be present at the time of loading to direct the person hauling your grain.

Contact

Gino Castonguay
Chief Grain Inspector
Telephone: 204-983-2780
Email: gino.castonguay@grainscanada.gc.ca