The Canadian Wheat Board is reminding farmers about the importance of variety declarations, an industry requirement since 2006, when delivering grain. In signing a declaration, farmers become legally responsible to ensure that their delivered variety is eligible for their contracted class (e. g. CWRS). To avoid downgrades and contract defaults due to ineligible varieties, farmers need to be aware of what wheat varieties they are growing and delivering, and whether they are eligible for the class. Assessment of wheat grade and protein from samples upon or before delivery is not a verification of variety or class eligibility, says the CWB.
The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) maintains a list of eligible varieties for each class of wheat. Eligible varieties are chosen under a process administered by the CGC, based on recommendations from industry committees that include farmers, grain companies, plant scientists and the CWB.