A number of Canada Western Red Winter wheat (CWRW) varieties will be reclassified under the Canada Western General Purpose (CWGP) class, effective August 1, 2011, the Canadian Grain Commission, or CGC, announced in a news release July 15.
The varieties in question include; CDC Kestrel; CDC Clair; CDC Harrier; CDC Falcon; and CDC Raptor.
The CGC announced its plans to reclassify some CWRW varieties in response to feedback from farmers and other stakeholders of the Canadian grain industry. It was felt that the CWRW class should reflect milling quality. Continuing to include varieties with high yield but low milling quality in the CWRW class affected the overall ability of this class to compete in global markets, said the release.
“We recognize that producers grow these varieties for a reason,” said Canadian Grain Commission chief commissioner Elwin Hermanson in the release. “By reclassifying these varieties, we are making sure that the classification system meets the needs of Canadian grain producers.”
In response to concerns about the quality consistency in the CWRW class, the Canadian Wheat Board initially split the class into two categories: Select and Generic. Select varieties were those that had a minimum of 11 per cent protein and high milling quality. Generic varieties did not often meet this minimum protein requirement, but tended to be high yielding.
Effective August 1, 2013, all Generic varieties in the CWRW class will be moved to the CWGP class. All Select varieties will remain in the CWRW class, said the release.
While CDC Falcon is scheduled to be reclassified on August 1, 2013, the CGC will extend the transition period for CDC Falcon, if insufficient alternative varieties are available on August 1, 2013.