Over the past few weeks, I have spoken at a couple of crop tours. When presenting in front of the MCVET spring wheat trials, one of the questions I asked attendees was “Who knows what is occurring on August 1, 2016?”.
The answer is the first steps of the Wheat Class Modernization by the Canadian Grain Commission. On August 1, 2016 there are 2 new classes being created: Canadian Northern Hard Red (CNHR) and Canada Western Special Purpose (CWSP). There are many varieties moving to these 2 new classes. Primary grade determinant tables will also come into effect August 1, 2016 and are available here:
- Primary grade determinants for Canada Northern Hard Red wheat class
- Primary grade determinants for Canada Western Special Purpose wheat class
There are also three wheat classes being eliminated on August 1, 2016:
- Canada Western Interim Wheat (CWIW);
- Canada Western General Purpose (CWGP); and
- Canada Western Feed classes.
My colleague in Saskatchewan, Provincial Cereal Crops Specialist Mitchell Japp, wrote an article Wheat Class Modernizing Starts August 1, 2016. It is a must read and covers the changes coming August 1, 2016, and includes important links to additional information.
Submitted by: Pam de Rocquigny, Provincial Cereal Crops Specialist, Manitoba Agriculture