Frequently Asked Questions
“ I have about 8,000 bushels of winter wheat in storage. The wheat suffered rain damage before harvest, and now has about 16 per cent sprout damage. What is the market for this at the moment? I have access to the United States, since the farmland is just north of the Montana border. Is there a better market for it there than Alberta?”
“ If the Falling Number is below 250, your best alternative is going to be the local feed market on either side of the border.”
A high level of sprouting probably means that the Falling Number (FN) is well below what a flour mill would normally accept. Typically, milling specifications are going to look for a minimum of 300 FN, though at times mills can work with something as low as 250. First, get an independent grain lab to test a representative sample for FN so you know exactly what you’re working with. If you have 16 per cent sprout damage, my sense is that we already know the answer. FN is extremely difficult to blend, as it isn’t a one-to-one blend. For example, if you have a load of 400 FN and a load of 200 FN, you don’t get 300 when you put them together. Chances are the blend would be closer to 220 – so now there are two loads of non-milling quality wheat. If the FN is below 250, your best alternative is going to be the local feed market on either side of the border.