Wheat Class Changes Are Moving Ahead

The Canadian Grain Commission is moving ahead with its proposal to realign the wheat classification system for Western Canada. Two new classes will be created while three others will be eliminated on August 1st, 2016.

The Canada Northern Hard Red class will be established to address concerns about lower gluten strength in some milling wheat varieties, and to provide a home for several American varieties — ie. Faller, Prosper and Elgin ND — that were in the Canada Western Interim Wheat class (which will be eliminated).

As previously announced, twenty-five varieties of Canada Western Red Spring and four varieties of Canada Prairie Spring Red wheat will be reclassified on August 1, 2018 because they do not meet the revised CWRS and CPS quality parameters. The CGC has confirmed they’ll be moved to the new Canada Northern Hard Red category.

The Canada Western General Purpose and Canada Western Feed classes will also be closed, with current GP and feed wheat varieties moving to a new Canada Western Special Purpose class on August 1st, 2016.

The creation of a new milling wheat class was first proposed in early 2015. The CGC says it “carefully considered feedback from breeders, variety owners, grain companies, producer groups, marketing organizations and end-use customers,” as well as a scan of international markets conducted by Cereals Canada and the Canadian International Grains Institute.

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