QUALITY STANDARDS

Colour:


Colour

Colour Grade Symbol
Below Grade Below Grade-(Below Good BG 81 Ordinary)
Below Grade-(Below Strict Good BG 82 Ordinary Light Spotted)
Below Grade-(Below Strict Good BG 83 Ordinary Spotted).
Below Grade-(Below Low BG 84 Middling Tinged)
Below Grade-(Below Middling Yellow BG 85 Stained)
BG
BG
BG
BG
BG
White Good Middling
Strict Middling
Middling
Strict Low Middling
Low Middling
Strict Good Ordinary
Good Ordinary
GM
SM
Mid
SLM
LM
SGO
GO
Light Spotted Good Middling Light Spotted
Strict Middling Light Spotted
Middling Light Spotted
Strict Low Middling Light Spotted
Low Middling Light Spotted
Strict Good Ordinary Light Spotted
GM Lt Sp
SM Lt Sp
Mid Lt Sp
SLM Lt Sp
LM Lt Sp
SGO Lt Sp
Spotted Good Middling Spotted
Strict Middling Spotted
Middling Spotted
Strict Low Middling Spotted
Low Middling Spotted
Strict Good Ordinary Spotted
GM Sp
SM Sp
Mid Sp
SGM Sp
LM Sp
SGO Sp
Tinged Strict Middling Tinged
Middling Tinged
Strict Low Middling Tinged
Low Middling Tinged
SM Tg
Mid Tg
SLM Tg
LM Tg
Yellow stained Strict Middling Yellow Stained
Middling Yellow Stained
SM YS
Mid YS

Source: USDA, August 1993

Leaf grade and extraneous matter:


Leaf Grade Symbol Code No.
Leaf Grade 1 LG1 1
Leaf Grade 2 LG2 2
Leaf Grade 3 LG3 3
Leaf Grade 4 LG4 4
Leaf Grade 5 LG5 5
Leaf Grade 6 LG6 6
Leaf Grade 7 LG7 7
Below Leaf Grade BLG 8

Source: USDA, August 1993

Length:


Length (inches) Code Length (inches) Code
< 13/16 24 1-3/16 38
13/16 26 1-7/32 39
7/8 28 1-1/4 40
29/32 29 1-9/32 41
15/16 30 1-5/16 42
31/32 31 1-11/32 43
1 32 1-3/8 44
1-1/32 33 1-13/32 45
1-1/16 34 1-7/16 46
1-3/32 35 1-15/32 47
1-1/8 36 1-1/2 48
1-5/32 37

Source: USDA, August 1993

Length uniformity index:


Descriptive Designation Length Uniformity
Very Low Below 77
Low 77 - 79
Average 80 - 82
High 83 - 85
Very High Above 85

Source: USDA, July 2004

Fibre strength table:


Descriptive Designation Length Uniformity
Weak 23 & below
Intermediate 24 - 25
Average 26 - 28
Strong 29 - 30
Very Strong 31 & above