Five winter wheat classes reclassified Aug. 1

If you still have stocks of certain winter wheat varieties, you may want to deliver them by the end of this month. The Canadian Grain Commission has reminded grain producers and industry stakeholders that effective August 1, 2013, the following wheat varieties will be moved from the Canada Western Red Winter (CWRW) class to the Canada Western General Purpose (CWGP) class:

CDC Kestrel
CDC Clair
CDC Harrier
CDC Falcon
CDC Raptor

The changes reflect an industry attempt to improve the milling quality of the CWRW class to make it more attractive to overseas buyers. In response to concerns about the consistency of quality, the Canadian Wheat Board initially split the class into two categories: Select and Generic. Select varieties were those that had a minimum of 11 per cent protein and high milling quality. Generic varieties did not often meet this minimum protein requirement, but tended to be high yielding.

Effective August 1, 2013, all Generic varieties in the CWRW class will be moved to the CWGP class. All Select varieties will remain in the CWRW class.

The Canadian Grain Commission says CDC Falcon will be reclassified on August 1, 2013, if sufficient supplies of a new replacement variety with similar agronomic factors are commercially available. The CGC says it will extend the transition period for CDC Falcon, if insufficient alternative varieties are available on August 1, 2013.

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