State Grain Lab to Hold Meetings on Pulse Grading Changes


GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- The Montana State Grain Laboratory will hold two public meetings to discuss changes in pea and lentil inspection, including the method used to determine dockage components in the grading of lentils.


Meetings will be at 2 p.m. May 17 at the State Grain Lab, 821 17th Street North in Great Falls, and 2 p.m. June 5 at the laboratory's Plentywood office at 121 N. Main Street. The June 5 meeting at the Plentywood office will coincide with a 1-4 p.m. open house to meet with State Grain Lab inspectors and staff. The satellite office opened during the 2011 harvest.


The current method to determine dockage on lentils requires inspectors to hand sort the sample to identify split and small lentils and other material. The State Grain Lab proposes using a sieve method for estimating dockage, as described in the Federal Grain Inspection Service pea and lentil handbook. The FGIS office in Moscow, Idaho has provided guidance regarding the selection of sieves for each lentil type.


Time will be allotted at the meetings to discuss other pulse certification issues, including changes in grading factors for mold and mildew damage in peas and chickpeas, and mold and water blister damage in beans. There will also be a presentation of changes in moisture determination in lentils, peas and other commodities.


For more information, contact the State Grain Lab at (406) 452-9561 in Great Falls or at (406) 765-1005 in Plentywood, or by e-mail at


EDITORS: Two photos are available to accompany this article.

  • Interior of State Grain Lab was recently remodeled for energy efficiency and improved work flow and lighting.



State Grain Lab
Montana Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 1397
Great Falls, MT 59403
Phone: (406) 452-9561



Published: April 30, 2012 3:00:00 PM MDT.
Last Modified: April 30, 2012 1:36:08 PM MDT