What to do with a $107.2-million surplus?

The CGC wants grain sector feedback on options, but sending cheques back to farmers is not one of them

The Canadian Grain Commission proposes to cut grain industry user fees 23 per cent to lower its operating surplus of $107.2 million and rising. The surplus as of Sept. 30, 2016 is almost $45 million more than the $62.5 million CGC projects it needs to operate in 2018-19. “So with an average volume of 34.4 […] Read more


CFIA frets PRCWRT overstepping mandate

The federal regulator takes issue with keeping references to germplasm sharing in the 
committee’s operating procedures and has concerns about data confidentiality

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) isn’t comfortable with having germplasm sharing as a prerequisite for participation in certain registration trials. Those comments came from Mark Forham, a senior specialist with CFIA, at the Prairie Recommending Committee for Wheat, Rye and Triticale’s (PRCWRT) annual meeting in Winnipeg Mar. 2. Forhan stressed the PRCWRT’s mandate is […] Read more



Pile of grains

New hard white spring wheat HW388 recommended for registration

Interest in the Canada Western Hard White Spring wheat class fell after a couple of poor-quality crops in the 1990s

Richard Cuthbert hopes HW388, his new Canada Western Hard White Spring (CWHWS) wheat will stimulate renewed interest in the class among western Canadian farmers. The Prairie Recommending Committee for Wheat, Rye and Triticale (PRCWRT) recommended HW388 for registration at its annual meeting in Winnipeg Mar. 2. “It is an improvement in all aspects for a […] Read more


New CWRS wheat coming with less DON when hit by fusarium head blight

BW980 almost didn’t make it because in one year of testing, its gluten strength was lower 
than the check variety, prompting another year of testing


A new Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat that accumulates less deoxynivalenol (DON), the mycotoxin sometimes produced after a fusarium head blight infection, is being recommended for registration. It took an extra year of testing, but at its annual meeting in Winnipeg Mar. 2 the Prairie Recommending Committee for Wheat, Rye and Triticale (PRCWRT) gave […] Read more



NFU investigating farmers’ grain-grading complaints through survey

The Canadian Grain Commission says if farmers don’t like the grade being offered, ask the commission to grade it

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has launched a survey into grain-grading complaints from western farmers in the wake of what the farm group claims is “the Canadian Grain Commission’s (CGC) reduced regulatory role.” “As a grassroots farm organization the NFU is starting to hear repeated stories of grain farmers being dissatisfied with their treatment by […] Read more


Just two wheat varieties subject of polling

One variety was tabled and three others withdrawn

A lack of data sidelined three potential wheat varieties at the recent meeting of the PRCWRT and another was tabled, leaving just two to face voting. They were BW5007 and GP202, intended for the Canada Western Red Spring wheat and Western Special Purpose (CWSP) classes, respectively. BW5007 and GP202 were supported for full and interim […] Read more



Wheat recommending committee reforms paying efficiency dividends

The process was sparked by a 2013 letter from then agriculture minister Gerry Ritz

Ordinarily voting over whether to recommend new wheat, rye or triticale varieties for registration can stretch on well into the afternoon. This year it was over before the morning coffee break at the annual meeting of the Prairie Recommending Committee for Wheat, Rye and Triticale (PRCWRT) in Winnipeg Mar. 2. Many participants said they thought […] Read more


Veteran AAFC barley breeder Bill Legg retiring

AC Metcalfe was a huge hit with farmers, maltsters and brewers and one of his best-known career achievements

Bill Legg, the plant breeder who developed AC Metcalfe, Western Canada’s most popular two-row malting barley for around 15 years, is retiring. Legg has been breeding barley at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Brandon Research Centre for 30 years, Tom Fetch, an AAFC plant pathologist and chair of the Prairie Grain Development Committee (PGDC), said […] Read more



Baker Colony enters ranks of five-time corn yield competition winners

Its winning yield of 274.69 bushels an acre also broke the previous record set in 2013

Baker Colony, located near MacGregor, Man., has joined an elite group of five-time winners of the Manitoba Corn Growers Association’s yield competition. The win is their second in a row and sets a new record — breaking their own set during a previous win. In the 45-year history of the competition there are only two […] Read more


Electronic voting option for Manitoba Canola Growers Association election this year

During their annual meeting members passed a bylaw allowing for electronic voting but defeated one 
to give the board the authority to replace preferential ballots with other voting systems

The Manitoba Canola Growers Association (MCGA) plans to include electronic voting, as well as a mail-in ballot, during board of directors elections this fall. “We want to make our organization as democratic as possible and we can only do that if we get more people involved,” MCGA president Chuck Fossay said in an interview Feb. 27. MCGA members […] Read more