By Top Crop Manager
Jan. 15, 2016 - The Canadian Grain Commission's plan for modernizing Canada's wheat class system will move ahead with the implementation of two new classes and the elimination of three other classes in 2016, as well as variety designation changes in 2018.
The new wheat classes -- Canada Northern Hard Red and Canada Western Special Purpose -- will take effect on August 1, 2016. The Canada Western Interim Wheat, Canada Western General Purpose, and Canada Western Feed wheat classes will be eliminated on August 1, 2016.
Canada Northern Hard Red
The Canada Northern Hard Red class will have basic milling quality parameters, and will require quality data for varieties to be registered.
On August 1, 2016, the Canada Western Interim Wheat class, which came into effect on August 1, 2015, will be eliminated. Faller, Prosper and Elgin ND will be designated to the Canada Northern Hard Red class.
Also, 25 varieties of Canada Western Red Spring and four varieties of Canada Prairie Spring Red wheat will move to the Canada Northern Hard Red class on August 1, 2018.
Canada Western Special Purpose
The Canada Western Special Purpose class will have no quality parameters, and include registered varieties for which no quality data has been provided by the variety registrant.
On August 1, 2016, all varieties in the Canada Western Feed and the Canada Western General Purpose wheat classes will be re-designated to the Canada Western Special Purpose class.