HGCA, the cereals and oilseeds division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is launching an updated grain sampling guide at the UK Grain event, taking place November 6. The guide brings together guidance on sampling into one publication and highlights best practice across the supply chain.

"For growers, knowing the quality of your grain is essential so that you can store it, sell it effectively and get the best return for your work," says HGCA Chairman, Jonathan Tipples. "But the new guide is not just for growers. It has been drawn up with support from across the supply chain, so it sets out good sampling practice from the field to the weighbridge." 

At UK Grain, in addition picking up a guide, visitors to the HGCA stand also receive a mixing bucket and see demonstrations of making a representative sample. Independent expert Dr. Ken Wildey will be on hand to answer any grain sampling questions and is providing a storage pest identification service.


Two speakers from HGCA feature in the event's full seminar program. Jack Watts will deliver a full update on world grain markets, looking at what has driven grain prices in 2013 and highlighting things to look out for in 2014. Dr. Ellie Marshall's presentation will focus on grain quality, looking at how results from HGCA's Recommended List trials compare with those for on-farm crops.

A new HGCA poster, "Inspecting grain for defects and impurities," will also be available at UK Grain. The guide and the posters will be also sent to nearly 30,000 HGCA levy payers and key stakeholders during November. HGCA is at stand 1G at UK Grain.