More notice before variety de-registration

Killing KVD has revealed the need to give seed growers, farmers and elevators more notice before de-registering wheat varieties so there’s time to clean them out, says Earl Geddes, the Canadian Wheat Board’s (CWB) vice-president of farmer services.

The CWB has a special one-time delivery program for Pelissier, a Canadian Western Amber durum (CWAD) wheat that was de-registered Aug. 1, 2007. Many people just weren’t aware of it until farmers started having to sign declarations after KVD (kernel visual distinguishability) ended Aug. 1, 2008, Geddes said.

The sign-up deadline for the program is Dec. 19, or until the program is filled.

Under the Canada Grain Act unregistered or de-registered varieties of wheat delivered to an elevator in Western Canada automatically grade feed, or in the case of CWAD, No. 5, and farmers are paid accordingly. Under the CWB’s special program farmers who deliver Pelissier are paid at the elevator for No. 5 CWAD, but within a few days will receive an additional payment based on the grade the wheat would’ve received had it not been de-registered, Geddes said in an interview. However, there will be a $15-a-tonne charge to cover handling, sales and administration costs.

Farmers who get delivery contracts can deliver their Pelissier durum wheat to one of three elevators: Viterra, Maple Creek, Parrish & Heimbecker, Wi l s o n Siding, and Southwest Terminal, Antelope.

Samples are required at time of sign-up. Only samples containing 70 per cent or greater levels of the Pelissier will be accepted. The CWB also reserves the right to audit bins. It doesn’t want farmers to use the program as a way to deliver registered durums blended with Pelissier.

Geddes said in the future the industry will get two years’ notice before a wheat is de-registered. Seed growers should then stop producing a variety headed for de-registration. It should also give farmers enough time to clean out their bins of that variety while it’s still registered and eligible for the top grades.

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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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