The Canadian Grain Commission has announced 29 varieties of Canada Western Red Spring and Canada Prairie Spring Red wheat will be moved to a different wheat class on August 1st, 2017.
The reclassification follows a revision of the quality parameters for the CWRS and CPSR classes by the Prairie Grain Development Committee earlier this year. The check varieties for both classes were changed on February 26th.
The CGC has already proposed the creation of a new class for milling wheat varieties with lower gluten strength. If the proposed class becomes permanent, which is still to be determined, these varieties would be designated to the new class, says Daryl Beswitherick, program manager for quality assurance standards for the CGC.
In the short-term, an interim wheat class will be created as of August 1, 2015 for three newer American wheat varieties that don’t meet the CWRS and CPSR parameters (Faller, Prosper and Elgin ND) to give the CGC more time to gather feedback before making a decision on the permanence of the class.
The list of varieties being removed from the CWRS and CPSR classes could grow, as starting in 2016, the CGC will review varieties for which more quality data is needed before making a decision about their class designation. At least two years notice would be given before they would be designated to a different class.
Canada Western Red Spring
Canada Prairie Spring Red