Grade schedule for new wheat class recommended for July 1, 2011

WINNIPEG, May 27, 2011 /CNW/ - This fall, when Eastern grain farmers deliver Whitebear, a new variety of wheat, the industry will be ready to grade it.

Effective July 1, 2011, a grade schedule for the new wheat class, Wheat, Canada Eastern Hard White Winter (CEHWW), will come into effect. The Whitebear variety has been assigned to this new class, and will be registered for production in Ontario in 2011.

The Eastern Standards Committee has recommended that the new grade schedule take effect this coming crop year. The full grade schedule is included in the Committee's April 5, 2011 recommendations, available on the Canadian Grain Commission's web site at

"Canadian Grain Commission inspection experts and research scientists work together to set grain grades and standards," explains Elwin Hermanson, Chair of the Eastern Standards Committee and Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission. "The Eastern Standards Committee is part of the evaluation process that makes sure grades and standards meet the needs of everyone involved in the grain industry, from producers to processors to buyers."

Canola/Rapeseed Colour Guide
The Eastern Standards Committee recommended that the Canadian Grain Commission make its Canola/Rapeseed Colour Guide available to the industry on May 1, 2011.  The guide helps grain inspectors interpret the Official Grain Grading Guide's definition of distinctly green seeds. The Canadian Grain Commission's image analysis researchers and inspection experts worked together to develop this tool. It is a printed guide showing the shades of green that, if found in crushed canola or rapeseed, could be determined as distinctly green.

Grading studies and projects
The Eastern Standards Committee recommended that the Canadian Grain Commission continue or begin work on the following projects:

  • Evaluate near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIR) technology for assessing chlorophyll content in canola
  • Study how the moisture level of beans affects the quality of stored beans
  • Study the relationship between fusarium-damaged kernels and deoxynivalenol in all classes of Eastern Canadian wheat
  • Evaluate hyperspectral imaging technology to assess mildew levels in wheat
  • Explore new technology to rapidly assess falling number in order to measure sprout damage in wheat

Details about grading studies and projects are included in the Committee's April 5, 2011 recommendations available on the Canadian Grain Commission's website at

The Eastern Standards Committee meets twice a year to recommend specifications for grades of grain, and to select and recommend standard and guide samples to the Canadian Grain Commission.

The Canadian Grain Commission is the federal agency responsible for establishing and maintaining Canada's grain quality standards. Its programs result in shipments of grain that consistently meet contract specifications for quality, safety and quantity. The Canadian Grain Commission regulates the grain industry to protect producers' rights and ensure the integrity of grain transactions. 

SOURCE Canadian Grain Commission

For further information:

Randy Dennis
Chief Grain Inspector for Canada
Canadian Grain Commission
Telephone: (204) 983-2780


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