By: Chris Sumner


The Canadian Grain Commission has announced planned modifications to the Western Canadian wheat classes.

Assistant Chief Commissioner Terry Harasym says the key changes are the elimination of K.V.D. requirements for the minor classes of wheat, and the creation of a Canada Western General Purpose wheat class.

He adds the restructuring will help facilitate the development and registration of non-milling varieties aimed at the feed and ethanol industries.

Harasym notes varieties in the general purpose and other minor classes can visually resemble each other, but are not permitted to visually resemble red spring or amber durum.

The Commission will be working with the wheat, rye, and triticale recommending committee to implement the changes required for the registration of new varieties under the general purpose class.

The modifications will take effect August 1st, 2008.