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Move those old wheat varieties soon

The Prairie wheat commissions are reminding farmers of the upcoming reclassification of 29 wheat varieties.

On Aug. 1, 25 varieties currently in the Canada Western Red Spring class (along with four Canada Prairie Spring Red varieties) will move to the Canada Northern Hard Red class. These include Harvest, Lillian, and Unity, which were grown on 491,000 acres last year.

Farmers with affected varieties in their bins should talk to their elevators about selling them to maximize returns. Grain companies have until the end of the year to move them out of their systems, but there is no grace period for farmers, noted Alberta Wheat chair Kevin Bender.

“It’s important that farmers negotiate the best possible terms for the varieties being reclassified,” he said. The list of affected varieties can be found at the Canadian Grain Commission website.

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