Don’t miss the Harvest Sample Program deadlineOctober 12, 2016Hub ArticleNOTE: This article has been updated to reflect the deadline extension for the Harvest Sample Program.Canadian farmers have until December 31, 2016 to sign up for the Harvest Sample Program. Participating growers receive an unofficial assessment from the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC). For canola, the CGC provides grade, dockage, chlorophyll, protein and oil content. It’s free and simple to use.Once registered, the CGC will send you a harvest sample kit per crop type you select. The kit includes an envelope and instructions on how to submit a sample for each. Click here to register. Know what you have.Knowing the quality of your canola stocks will help you negotiate with grain buyers, give you more confidence when asking for a second opinion, and help maximize the value of your entire canola crop -- especially if crop quality varies by bin. The CGC unofficial assessment provides an added piece of information to assist in your marketing efforts. Introduced as a pilot project in 2013, dockage is now fully incorporated into the Harvest Sample Program. Dockage can be costly to farmers and directly affects your bottom line. At today’s canola prices, 1% extra in dockage costs you about $4.34/MT. Additionally, the sample you provide helps the Commission determine the quality of the 2016 harvest. Having a good idea of crop quality and grading factors assists with the marketing of the 2016 harvest. The samples also further research into grain quality. To learn more, read our helpful guide on Boost Your Grading Know-How to Benefit Your Bottom Line.