The Alberta Wheat Commission is reminding growers to know all the factors affecting the quality of their wheat to ensure they are getting the best price.
If growers are not satisfied with downgrades due to sprout damage or fusarium head blight, they should consider getting a second opinion.
“The falling number may meet the specification a buyer is looking for, regardless of the visual sprouting, which can result in a better price,” said commission chair Kevin Auch.
Wheat downgraded to No. 2, 3 or feed because of sprouting that has a good falling number (300 or more) may fetch a higher price. Similarly, wheat with FHB may get a better price if a vomitoxin test shows it has non-Don-producing fusarium.