"Since we have been
using Sample N Seal, we saved approximately $20,000.00 on dockage,
grade, and protein. The majority of our grain is custom
hauled and Sample N Seal is used all the time. When we are
negotiating contracts we add the clause, "disputes will be settled
with test results on Sample N Seal." If the company is not willing
to use them we go elsewhere. Sample N Seal give me peace of mind
knowing I have a sample of my unloaded crop, signed and sealed by
the person unloading the grain for the company I am selling to."
Darren Sterling, Weyburn SK
"I had an
experience last year where brown mustard left my yard with
destination to a delivery point miles away. Ten days
later I was surprised to learn that the buyer had stated the
dockage to be 11%. From earlier deliveries I knew that
the dockage should have been 1/4 of that amount. Thankfully a
sample of the load had been bagged and my contract contained a
clause that indicated that in a situation where the grade or
dockage is in dispute then that sample would be sent to the
Canadian Grain Commission for independent grading and sampling
for dockage. The CGC determined that the dockage was actually 3˝%,
not the 11% that the grain company had stated. As a result of
this fiasco, the grain company sent me another cheque for more
than $2000 to pay for the dockage correction.
With Sample N
Seal, the farmer retains some control of his product after it
leaves his yard. You are no longer dependent upon accepting the
grade and dockage dictated by a distant grain company but can be
assured that an independent third party will give fair grade and
dockage fro your product."
Garnet Hart, Weyburn
"I do not haul my
grain anymore so I have to be sure that the dockage, grade and
protein are accurate. Sample N seal is the only way to be sure I am
getting the best protein, grade and dockage."
Doug Snider, Macoun SK
"The Sample Seal
system gives you added security on your commodity, when it leaves
your farm. For example, we recovered 5% dockage on two loads of
carary seed, after having the Sample N Seal bags checked. That is a
lot of dollars put back in my pocket, which should have been there
in the first place."
Kyle Schurko, Griffin SK
"As a trucker, when I haul a
customer's product to the elevator, I want him to get the best
possible grade and dockage he can.
I have seen to many cases where, equal quality grain is being graded
and docked very differently. From my experience with Sample N Seal,
it is the only way you as a producer, can monitor your grain going
to market and give your protection against misguided grades and
Ken Gill, Ken Gill Trucking, Midale SK
"Farming today is a
survival of the fittest. I purchased a Sample N Seal kit in August
2002. My husband was skeptical but he soon became a believer. I did
a comparison on the dockage and noted it has dropped significantly
down to 1.2%, 1.6%, 1.3%& 2.5% etc. All of our loads had dockage
below 3% when we used the Sample N Seal bags. When we missed sending
a Sample N Seal bag with the trucker, the dockage increased to 4% or
7%. This is unacceptable!
Sample N Seal definitely gives farmers added protection and
insurance on receiving an accurate grade or moisture or protein or
It is critical that we maximize our profit in farming. Every penny
counts. I am convinced every farmer should utilize the Sample N Seal
bags." Joni Gustafson, Midale, SK
"Sample N Seal has
helped even the playing field between me, the producer, and the
grain companies. Before Sample N Seal I always had to go with the
grade and dockage assessed at the terminal or point of delivery, but
now I have the opportunity to get a second opinion through the CGC
or SGS. Through using Sample N Seal I have retained dockage on
unloads of flax which has accounted for $5000 in my pocket, rather
in the elevator companies pockets. Just by using the Sample N Seal
kit I paid for it on the difference in dockage on the first load of
flax delivered. With high commodity prices for canary seed a 2%
dockage difference on a load of canary seed does not take long to
add up. These are dollars I have earned and would rather have in my
pocket than in the grain companies. Now when it comes time for grain
to leave my farm a Sample N Seal bag always goes with the trucker.
Gerald Dammann, Stoughton SK
"Sample N Seal has changed the way we
market our commodities. The fact that most farms are handling more
bushels per farm operator than ever before and grain is traveling
further we were looking for an innovative quality control mechanism.
In our first year of Sample N Seal we captured close to $2 per acre
in increased revenue. This was paid through second checks cut by
grain companies to pay our farm for the actual net grain delivered.
What we have learned in 2002-2002 is when we present a Sample N Seal
bag we are bringing accountability to the grain buying transaction.
This quality control system showed our farm that large discrepancies
do exist when buying grain. We wonder how much money we have lost on
the grain that was not bagged.
Our new inventory management control system brings fairness to both
parties in any grain transaction. It helps us track and monitor all
grain sold. Van Staveren Farms just want to be paid for what we
deliver." Marcel Van Staveren, Creelman SK
"Sample N Seal provides a vehicle to
ensure the products we market result in a fair grade and dockage. I
have taken most of the samples to the grain commission for analysis.
Most buyers of the product ate willing to provide samples. Others
are reluctant thus weeding out this marketing arm. The cost to
sample is minimal. You do not have to take every sample and get it
checked by the Canadian Grain Commission. Sample N Seal is a
deterrent to take advantage of the products we grow, already in a
very vacillating market environment.
Finally the farmer has a mechanism to screen out buyers of ouw
products that have been taking advantage of the farmer."
Duane Ryan, Midale, SK
"I am an organic farm
operator in southeast Saskatchewan. I started using Sample N Seal
about six months ago. I am very pleased with the results in the
grain sales since I started using your product. I only wish you
would have come up with the idea many years ago. The only
improvement I can think of would be to lobby government to legislate
that the grain companies have to use the sealed envelopes properly
when requested to do so by a producer." Tom Littlejohn,
"When we were
approached by Brian regarding a sampling system for our commodities
we wondered why we had not thought of doing this a long time ago.
Having a sealed sample of the grain that the grain buyer is grading
is a very valuable piece of the marketing plan on our farm. This
representative sample is like us traveling with our grain to all
parts of the country, it is security that we will be treated right
at unload wherever that unload takes place.
We have been sampling for 2 years and have found a definite
advantage in keeping a record of all grain sales. Any discrepancies
in dockage or grade have been settled with the grain companies as
soon as we show them the SGS dockage or grade results. Sample N Seal
has made our farm money!"
Tyler & Ernest Gerry, Gerry Farms
Gerry Transport, Creelman SK
"Sample N Seal is an excellent product
that works extremely well on our farm. I have a 7400 acre farm, with
my brother and father. Out of all the grain shipped off of this farm
this fall only 30% is hauled ourselves. The other 70% is loaded on
custom trucks and shipped to its destination. All loads leaving this
farm are sent with a self addressed express envelope and a Sample N
Seal bag. Having the sealed sample at unload sent back to us, is
like having an insurance policy. It gives us a leg to stand on if
there were some errors encountered at unload.
We have checked some loads that we felt there was a problem with or
just checked loads at random. In 2001-02 we settled on over $7000.00
on mistakes made by various buyers."
Terry Benning, Weyburn SK