Changes Coming To CWB’s Select Winter Wheat Program

The Canadian Wheat Board has made changes to its select winter wheat program in hopes of transporting and marketing the crop more efficiently.

In the past, farmers signed Guaranteed Delivery Contracts for select winter wheat throughout the crop year. Now farmers hoping to market the winter wheat they planted last fall as select must register with the CWB by June 24, CWB spokeswoman Maureen Fitzhenry said in an interview. That way the CWB will get advance notice of where the select winter wheat will be coming from and the potential volume.

“It’s quite logistically complex to segregate and source and efficiently transport select winter wheat, which is the higher-quality winter wheat,” Fitzhenry said. “It’s grown at some geographically separate places across the Prairies. This approach should help us source it more efficiently and get it moved more efficiently. The amount of winter wheat that’s grown from year to year varies quite a lot, depending on how the fall has gone and what markets are doing.”

The CWB will pay a $10-a-tonne premium for select winter wheat over generic winter wheat, plus a storage fee of five cents a tonne per day starting Jan. 1, 2012.

Winter wheat must meet certain standards to qualify for select. For starters only certain varieties qualify. CDC Falcon, the most widely grown winter wheat in Manitoba, isn’t on the select list, which includes AC Bellatrix, AC Readymade, AC Tempest, CDC Buteo, CDC Osprey, McClintock, Norstar and Radiant.

Select winter wheat must grade No. 1 or 2 (straight grades only) and contain at least 11 per cent protein.

The spring registration program is meant to give the CWB more information. Farmers that want to deliver to the select program must sign an identity-preserved delivery contract with the CWB between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30.

After the signup the CWB will assign delivery points for select winter wheat based on where most of the winter wheat is located, Fitzhenry said.

If there isn’t a delivery point nearby, farmers who have signed contracts can opt to haul to the nearest designated point, ship their select winter wheat in producer cars, transfer to the generic winter wheat program (and lose the $10-a-tonne premium) or opt out of the delivery contract without penalty.

CWRW GRADING CHANGES

The Canadian Grain Commission says to keep the Canada Western Red Winter (CWRW) class competitive the following grading standards will take effect August 1, 2011.

The minimum protein content for No. 1 and 2 CWRW will be 11 per cent.

A new grade, No. 3 CWRW, will be established for CWRW wheat with less than 11 per cent protein.

The tolerance for fusariumdamaged kernels (FDK) will be set at 0.8 and one per cent for No. 1 and 2 CWRW, respectively. The current tolerances are one and two per cent.

The FDK tolerance for the new No. 3 grade will be 1.5 per cent.

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Allan Dawson

Allan Dawson is a reporter with the Manitoba Co-operator based near Miami, Man. Covering agriculture since 1980, Dawson has spent most of his career with the Co-operator except for several years with Farmers’ Independent Weekly and before that a Morden-Winkler area radio station.

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