Pastuer spring wheatResponding to demands from both the Canadian wheat industry and international customers, the Canadian Grain Commission has proposed creating a new class of milling wheat for Western Canada.

As part of this Wheat School West episode, Daryl Beswitherick, program manager for quality assurance with the CGC, explains they believe the creation of a new milling class with lower gluten strength would accomplish several goals :

  • it would improve the consistency of the Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) class, specifically for gluten strength, which has been a concern among customers in recent years.
  • it would also improve the consistency of the Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) class. As with CWRS, the wide range in the existing gluten strength requirements for CPS red wheat has posed a challenge for millers and bakers.
  • it will create a home for lower gluten strength milling wheats that don’t fit in any existing class (including some American wheats like Faller, Prosper and Elgin.)
Diagrams comparing the current and proposed classification systems for Canada and the U.S.
Diagrams comparing the current and proposed classification systems for Canada and the U.S.

The CGC is seeking feedback on the proposal until April 20th. They intend on putting forward a plan by August 1st of 2015.

Check out this Wheat School video for more on the proposed wheat class changes, including how it will affect existing varieties, and when the naming contest for this new class will begin (maybe not the last part):

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3 thoughts on “Wheat School: Why Create a New Milling Wheat Class?

  1. Customers buy on specifications which may or may not reflect the classes or grading system that is used to buy grain from the farmer. Farmers would be financially better off if they could sell based on specifications of the customer as opposed to a set grade.

  2. Looking at the list it appears many of the publicly held wheat names will be moved into catch-all class.??? Reality in quality or corporate pressure and stick handling?

  3. For growers looking at either purchasing new wheat seed, or re-suing grain in the bin from the 2015 harvest do they know if these changes affect their plans? If they are planning a rotation of wheat 2016 on wheat 2015 have do farmers need to consider control of volunteers in relation to the changes in the wheat classes?

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