The Canadian Grain Commission has announced that as of August 1, 2017, 29 varieties will no longer be eligible for Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) and Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) wheat classes.
The list (see below) of 25 CWRS and four CPSR varieties includes formerly popular varieties such as Katepwa, Harvest and Kane as well as Neepawa, which was once the check variety for the CWRS class.
“In an evaluation of varieties against the revised quality parameters for the CWRS and CPSR classes, the Canadian Grain Commission determined these varieties do not meet the quality characteristics of their current designated class,” the CGC said in a release.
It also said that it would start a review of up to two years of CWRS and CPSR varieties for which more quality data is needed before a decision about their class designation. They will remain in their designated classes unless the evaluation shows they do not meet the revised quality parameters. At least two years’ notice will be given before any of these varieties are designated to another class, the CGC said.
The changes are part of a “Canadian wheat class modernization” consultation started by the CGC last February. During the consultation, the Prairie Recommending Committee for Wheat, Rye and Triticale, at its annual meeting, changed the check varieties for Canada Western Red Spring wheat and Canada Prairie Spring Red wheat. Changes came into effect on Feb. 26, 2015.
CWRS check varieties now, depending on region, include Glenn, Carberry, Splendour, BW 965, PT 472 and PT 772. CPSR checks are Glenn, AAC Foray, HY537 and 5700 PR.
The CGC earlier announced creation of an interim wheat class for Faller, Prosper and Elgin ND wheat varieties, effective Aug. 1, 2015. The CGC said it will consult with stakeholders before deciding whether the class is permanent.
Varieties changing classes effective August 1, 2017