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Canada wheat class modernisation plan moves ahead

Canada’s wheat class system will be modernised, which entails the implementation of 2 new classes and the elimination of 3 other classes in 2016.

This is stated by the Canadian Grain Commission. Its plan also includes variety designation changes in 2018.

New wheat varieties

The new wheat classes are Canada Northern Hard Red and Canada Western Special Purpose, which will be implemented as of 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. Moving to Canada Northern Hard Red class are 25 varieties of Canada Western Red Spring and 4 varieties of Canada Prairie Spring Red wheat, on August 1, 2018.

These steps are made after discussions with stakeholders and feedback from breeders, variety owners, grain companies, producer groups, marketing organizations and end-use customers.

[Source: Canadian Grain Commission]

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