Grain Sampling, Hartley Farms

Grain Sampling, all samples are taken from vehicles upon intake, via our onsite fully automated sampling system, allowing for an even and thorough sample

to be taken for testing.

Grain Sampling

Upon intake of goods, all vehicles are weighed in and brought into the sampling area, prior to sampling, once the sheet has been removed from the vehicle a visual inspection of the vehicle and its goods is carried out assessing the cleanliness of the vehicle and any contaminants that may well be visible.

Our fully automated sampling probe then comes into operation removing between 40 and 50 kilos of product from all over the vehicle, the product then passes directly into the laboratory where a detailed analysis is carried out in accordance with the current TASCC code of practice.

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The Foundation of Quality Agriculture

Grain sampling is a critical practice for anyone in the agricultural industry, serving as the first line of defence in ensuring crop quality and more importantly food and feed safety.

This essential process involves collecting small, representative samples from larger grain batches to assess their overall condition and compliance with food and feed safety.

It’s a fundamental step for identifying potential issues such as moisture content, pests, and both hazardous and non-hazardous contaminants, which could compromise the integrity of the grain, and cause a Food and Feed safety issue.

Why Grain Sampling Matters

For farmers, grain sampling is not just about meeting regulatory requirements; it’s about safeguarding the reputation of their produce and ensuring the highest possible market value, whilst producing produce that the consumer can embrace and enjoy.

It provides vital data that inform decisions on storage, processing, and distribution, helping to maintain the quality of the grain from farm to table.

Hartley Farms: Expertise in Grain Management

At Hartley Farms, we understand the importance of grain sampling within the Food and Feed industry.

With over 40 years of experience in the field, we offer comprehensive grain management services that cover every aspect of grain sampling.

Our team of experts uses the latest techniques and technology to ensure accurate, efficient sampling, giving our clients peace of mind that their grain meets the highest standards of quality and safety.

Our commitment to excellence and innovation has made us a trusted partner for farmers and Grain Merchants and end users, whilst looking to maximize the potential of their crops, and minimise potential costs evolving from quality issues.

Grain arriving at Hartley Farms
Grain Sample being taken

Why Grain Sampling is Essential

Quality Assurance at Its Core

Grain sampling is not just a procedure; it’s the cornerstone of quality assurance in the vast field of agriculture and the Food and Feed industry. This meticulous process ensures that every batch of grain not only meets but exceeds the high standards expected by consumers, processors, and regulatory bodies.

Through comprehensive grain quality testing, we can identify and mitigate issues before they escalate, safeguarding the integrity of the crop and the reputation of the farmer.

Meeting Regulatory Standards

In an industry governed by strict regulatory standards for grain, adherence is not optional—it’s imperative, and a necessity.

Grain sampling serves as a critical checkpoint, ensuring that every kernel from the field is compliant with national and international safety and quality regulations.

This vigilance in agricultural commodities sampling is what keeps the agricultural supply chain robust and trusted, protecting both producers and consumers from potential health risks.

Consumer Safety: A Top Priority

At the heart of grain sampling is the unwavering commitment to consumer safety. By detecting contaminants, moisture levels, and other quality issues early on, we can prevent compromised grain from entering the food supply.

This proactive approach to food safety not only protects consumers but also reinforces the trust and confidence they place in agricultural products.

Hartley Farms: Your Partner in Excellence

At Hartley Farms, our expertise in grain sampling is more than just a service—it’s a partnership aimed at enhancing the quality and safety of your agricultural produce.

With our advanced techniques and deep understanding of regulatory standards, we’re here to ensure that your grain stands out for all the right reasons.

Trust us to be your ally in meeting the rigorous demands of the agricultural market, ensuring your products are synonymous with excellence and safety.

Our Grain Sampling Process

Step-by-Step Precision

At Hartley Farms, our grain sampling process is meticulously designed to ensure every sample accurately represents the entire batch. Heres how we do it:

  • Initial Assessment: Every batch/ load undergoes a preliminary visual inspection to identify any visible issues right from the start.
  • Automated Sampling: Utilising our advanced automated grain sampling systems, we collect samples from various points within the batch. This method ensures uniformity and comprehensiveness, eliminating human error and bias.
  • Detailed Analysis: Samples are then analyzed in our state-of-the-art laboratory, where we employ precision agriculture sampling techniques to assess quality parameters such as moisture content, protein levels, and potential various contaminants, for example Ergot, Admixture, Infestation.    

Technology at the Forefront

Leveraging technology is at the heart of our process. Our automated systems not only streamline sampling but also enhance the accuracy of our analyses.

By integrating the latest in agricultural technology, we ensure that our sampling process is both efficient and effective, providing you with results you can trust.

Beyond our equipment, Hartley Farms employs advanced techniques that set our grain sampling apart:

  • Automated Sampling Systems: These systems automate the collection process, ensuring samples are taken consistently and systematically from each batch or load. This reduces the potential of human error and increases the reliability of our sampling process.
  • Precision Agriculture Sampling: Leveraging the principles of precision agriculture, we tailor our sampling approach based on the specific characteristics of each batch. This method allows us to identify and address variability within and between batches, ensuring a high level of quality control.

Together, our state-of-the-art equipment and sophisticated techniques ensure that Hartley Farms provides accurate, efficient, and reliable grain sampling services.

Our commitment to using the best tools and methods available underscores our dedication to excellence in grain management.

Compliance with TASCC

Adherence to the Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops (TASCC) code of practice is non-negotiable at Hartley Farms.

This commitment to compliance ensures that our grain sampling meets the highest standards for safety and quality, aligning with regulatory requirements and industry best practices.

Our TASCC compliance is a testament to our dedication to excellence in grain management, providing an additional layer of assurance to our clients.

Even and thorough grain sample
Grain Sieves

Stages of Grain Sampling

At Harvest

The first critical stage for grain sampling occurs at harvest.

This initial sampling is vital for assessing the grain’s moisture content and overall quality before it enters storage. Early detection of potential issues at this stage can significantly impact the storage strategy and ultimately the market value of the crop.

Our bulk grain sampling methods ensure a comprehensive overview, allowing for immediate adjustments based on the grain’s condition.

During Storage

Monitoring the condition of the grain throughout its storage is essential for maintaining quality and safety.

Our grain storage monitoring techniques involve regular sampling to detect any changes in moisture, temperature, or signs of infestation.

This continuous vigilance helps in preemptively addressing issues that could affect the grain’s integrity over time.

Before Outloading

Prior to outloading, grain undergoes another round of thorough sampling.

This stage ensures that the grain meets all quality specifications and regulatory requirements before it leaves the farm or storage facility. It’s a final check that safeguards against the distribution of substandard grain, ensuring only the highest quality product reaches the market.

By meticulously conducting grain sampling at these key stages, Hartley Farms upholds the highest standards of quality and compliance, from harvest through to distribution.

Our strategic approach to sampling at each critical point in the grain’s lifecycle is designed to maximise quality, minimise risk, and ensure the utmost satisfaction for both producers, end processors and finally the consumers.

Importance of Regular Grain Analysis

Preventing Common Grain Issues

Regular grain analysis is pivotal in preventing a myriad of issues that can compromise the quality and safety of stored grain.

Through consistent and thorough analysis, potential problems such as spoilage, contamination, and infestations can be identified and addressed promptly.

Spoilage, often caused by improper moisture levels, can lead to significant losses, while contamination from pesticides or other chemicals poses serious health risks. Infestations by pests, a common threat in grain storage, can not only degrade the quality of the grain but also affect its marketability.

Maintaining Quality and Safety

The role of grain sampling in this context is invaluable.

By providing a snapshot of the grain’s condition at various stages of its lifecycle, sampling allows for the early detection of issues that could escalate if left unchecked.

Regular analysis ensures that the grain remains within safe moisture levels, free from contaminants, and protected against pests. This vigilance is crucial for maintaining the high standards of quality and safety required in the agricultural industry.

Strategic Grain Management

Moreover, regular grain analysis and store temperature control support strategic grain management decisions. Insights gained from sampling can inform better storage practices, optimal timing for sale or processing, and necessary treatments to preserve grain quality.

This proactive approach to grain management not only safeguards the producer’s investment but also ensures that the end product meets or exceeds consumer expectations.

In summary, regular grain analysis through systematic sampling is a cornerstone of effective grain management.

It enables the early identification and mitigation of potential issues, ensuring the ongoing quality and safety of the grain throughout its lifecycle.

At Hartley Farms, our commitment to regular grain analysis underscores our dedication to excellence in agricultural practices and our promise of delivering superior quality grain to the market.

Why Choose Hartley Farms for Grain Sampling

Decades of Expertise

Choosing Hartley Farms for your grain sampling needs means partnering with a leader in the field.

Our extensive experience, spanning over four decades, has not only honed our expertise but also deepened our understanding of the agricultural industry’s nuances.

This wealth of experience ensures that we bring a level of insight and precision to grain sampling that is unmatched.

Cutting-Edge Technology

At Hartley Farms, we pride ourselves on integrating advanced technology into all aspects of our grain management services. Our state-of-the-art equipment and innovative techniques place us at the forefront of grain sampling solutions.

This commitment to technology allows us to deliver accurate, efficient, and reliable results, ensuring that your grain meets the highest standards of quality and safety.

Unwavering Commitment to Quality and Safety

Quality and safety are the cornerstones of our service philosophy. Hartley Farms is synonymous with excellence, a reputation we’ve built through our unwavering commitment to maintaining the highest standards.

Our processes are designed to ensure that every grain batch we handle meets stringent quality criteria, safeguarding your product’s integrity from field to marketplace.

Trusted Grain Management Service

Our dedication to providing expert grain sampling solutions has made us a trusted name in the industry.

Clients choose Hartley Farms for our reliability, professionalism, and the peace of mind that comes from knowing their grain is in expert hands.

Our comprehensive approach to grain management, coupled with our commitment to client satisfaction, sets us apart as the preferred choice for farmers and producers seeking the best in grain sampling services.

In choosing Hartley Farms, you’re not just selecting a service provider; you’re partnering with a leader dedicated to advancing the quality, safety, and value of your agricultural products.

Let us show you why Hartley Farms is the trusted expert in grain sampling solutions.

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Grain Management Services by Hartley Farms