Changes to wheat variety classifications will impact spring seeding intentions

As of August 1, 2018, 25 Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) varieties and 4 Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) varieties will be moved into the Canada Northern Hard Red (CNHR) class. Prior to putting seed in the ground, consult the Canadian Grain Commission’s variety designation list to see if the variety you are planning to grow will be changing classes before harvest.  The complete list of varieties transitioning to CNHR is available at:  https://www.grainscanada.gc.ca/consultations/classes-en.htm

The modernization of the wheat class system revised the parameters of the CWRS and CPSR classes to ensure that wheat varieties in these classes met strict quality guidelines. The varieties transitioning from CWRS and CPSR to CNHR do not meet the quality parameters of their current class.  The CNHR wheat class was created to allow farmers more flexibility in the wheat varieties they grow while preserving the quality of the CWRS class.  Wheat varieties in the CNHR class such as Faller, Prosper, and Elgin ND, have slightly lower protein than CWRS wheats but are higher yielding.

Submitted by: Anne Kirk, Cereal Crops Specialist, Manitoba Agriculture

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