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Receival standards

CBH implements the Western Australian Receival Standards which are set by the Grain Industry Association of Western Australia (GIWA).

GIWA is responsible for setting coarse grain standards (barley and oats) in WA, supporting Grain Trade Australia which sets wheat standards nationally, Australian Oilseeds Federation which sets national oilseeds standards, and Pulse Australia which sets national pulse standards.

The 2021-22 Variety Grades Booklet explains which grades are achievable for each variety.

How receival standards are set

Each year GIWA collaborates with Western Australian bulk handlers, including CBH, to review receival standards. The organisation implements changes on an as-needs basis to ensure that grain meets customer requirements, and grower returns are maximised. This alignment takes place through consultation with growers and marketers through the GIWA Receival Standard Committees.

Refer to the GIWA website for more information on how standards are set.

Sprouted grain and falling numbers

Sprouted grain severely degrades the quality of grain so any load containing sprouted grain is considered feed grade, according to the Wheat Receival Standards.

We may use several options at each receival point to manage sprouted grain, including:

  • Visible detection of sprouted grains/sprouted count assessment
  • Stack monitoring
  • Load-by-load Falling Number assessments

A Falling Number assessment overrides the sprouted count assessment and may allow the load to achieve a higher grade. For us to assist you in achieving maximum value for wheat deliveries, Falling Numbers will be used to manage stacks and grower loads. This will ensure each delivered load can achieve the highest grade possible, while ensuring individual segregations remain within market specification.

CBH has the right to grade any load of wheat by Falling Number assessment, whether sprouted grain has been detected visibly or not. Please contact your local CBH office if you have questions regarding Falling Number assessments.