After consulting with domestic and international stakeholders and conducting a thorough evaluation, the Canadian Grain Commission will designate 29 varieties of Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) and Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) wheat to another class as of Aug. 1, 2017.

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 (CWRS, CPSR).

A complete list of varieties that will be designated to another class is available here.

In addition, in 2016 the Canadian Grain Commission will initiate a review, for a period of up to two years, of CWRS and CPSR varieties for which more quality data is needed before a decision about their class designation can be made. These varieties 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.

As of Feb. 26, 2015, the check varieties for CWRS and CPSR were changed by the Prairie Recommending Committee for Wheat, Rye and Triticale. Varieties slated for evaluation will be compared to these check varieties.

An interim wheat class will be put in place for Faller, Prosper and Elgin ND wheat varieties, effective Aug. 1, 2015. This will allow the Canadian Grain Commission, in consultation with value chain stakeholders, to gather further information before making a decision on the permanence of the class.

Also, the registration for the flaxseed variety CDC Valour will be cancelled effective August 1, 2015. CDC Valour will be removed from the variety designation list and will only be eligible for the grade Flaxseed, 3 Canada Western.

The variety registration for the amber durum variety, Plenty, will be cancelled effective August 1, 2015. The variety registration for the amber durum variety, Sceptre, was cancelled October 24, 2014. Both varieties will be removed from the variety designation list effective August 1, 2015 and will only be eligible for delivery into the grade No. 5 Canada Western Amber Durum.

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