The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) is updating the way peas and lentils are graded, saying that the change ensures Canada continues to provide customers with the superior product they have come to expect and maintains Canada’s competitive advantage in world grain markets.
As of August 1, only registered varieties of peas and lentils will be eligible to be graded No. 1 Canada — the highest grade available for Canadian crops. At the same time, unregistered varieties will only be eligible for No. 3 Canada, the lowest grade established by regulation.
“The Canadian Grain Commission is committed to working with all stakeholders to implement flexible solutions that maximize returns for producers and help grow the Canadian grain industry, while maintaining the integrity of Canada’s quality assurance system,” says Patti Miller, CGC’s chief commissioner in a news release.
Up until now, the CGC exempted peas and lentils from variety registration requirements to allow producers to take advantage of new varieties that were not yet registered. The majority of the peas and lentils now grown in Canada have completed the variety registration process so the exemption is no longer necessary.
According to the news release, growing registered varieties ensures that Canada maintains its competitive advantage by producing high quality crops with consistent end-use properties.