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Modernizing Canadian wheat classes

Feb. 20, 2015 - The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) has begun consultations on its proposal to modernize Canadian wheat classes by seeking input from grain handlers, processors, marketers, developers, producers and end-use customers.

The proposal includes a new western Canada milling wheat class to provide opportunities to market Canadian wheat into emerging markets that have specific end-use requirements. This class will target varieties that have good milling quality, but weaker gluten strength than the CWRS and CPSR classes. Some existing U.S. varieties may meet the requirements of this class.

The Canadian Grain Commission also proposes to create a Canada Eastern General Purpose wheat class.

There are currently 10 classes of western Canadian wheat and seven classes of eastern Canadian wheat. Each wheat class has its own set of performance characteristics that are primarily based on function, or end-use, characteristics.

Relevant information, including a description of the issue and a full description of the proposal is available here.