| ||With wheat class modernization being implemented by the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) shortly, Brian Kennedy, grower relations and extension coordinator at the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), says the AWC wants to make sure growers don’t have any surprises with the changes.
“In July 2015 the CGC announced that 29 wheat varieties had been identified for reclassification of which 25 are in the Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) class and also for varieties that are in the Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) class. Those two classes will be moving into a new class on August 1, 2018 called the Canadian Northern Hard Red class,” he says.
These changes are likely to affect the type of wheat growers in Alberta will want to grow despite the fact that the price for the class is still undetermined. “We’re assuming that it will be less than what CWRS is valued at now on the free market,” Kennedy says.
Kennedy recommends that anyone who wants to transition to those new varieties should be thinking about it now especially if they use their own seed. Because this spring might be an ideal time to make that transition, the AWC is hosting an information session to get pertinent information out to wheat growers to help aide in that transition.
Representatives from the CGC, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and SeCan will be providing that information to help growers make better management decisions in the coming years.
The information session takes place March 10 at the Peace Country Classic in Grande Prairie. It’s free to attend but pre-registration is recommended. For more information or to register click here.
Alberta Wheat Commision