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First Canada Western Red Spring wheat quality data released today

September 4, 2012

WINNIPEG, Sept. 4, 2012 /CNW/ – Beginning today, preliminary quality
data from the 2012 Canada Western Red Spring wheat harvest from 10 crop
regions will be released each week and will include protein content
from samples received through the Canadian Grain Commission’s Harvest
Sample Program.

Quality parameters for both wheat and flour will be released for each
crop region as soon as sufficient representative samples are received,
made into composites and analysed.

The early release of quality data is a major advancement for the Harvest
Sample Program since its beginning in 1927 and supports the new open
market for Canadian wheat.

Preliminary data will be updated every Monday as samples are received
until the 2012 Harvest Sample Program ends. Quality test results on
regional composites include analyses of whole grain, flour, and dough
parameters for red spring wheat.

Data in previous years represented Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and
the Peace River region in British Columbia.

“We used to start releasing protein content data from the red spring and
amber durum harvest in Western Canada in October and released the other
quality parameters in November. In response to the open market for
wheat, we are making all the preliminary data from each crop region
available as early as possible to everyone to use as they wish,” says
Elwin Hermanson, Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission.

Preliminary quality data from the 2012 Canada Western Amber Durum
harvest from 4 crop regions will be available shortly. Quality test
results for amber durum will include test weight, hard vitreous kernel
percentages, kernel weight, ash content, falling number and wheat
pigment content.

The final quality data for red spring and amber durum wheat, as well as
for any other Western wheat classes of which there is sufficient
material to composite, will be available in the late fall, as in
previous years. Final quality reports for other cereal grains, oilseed
and pulse crops will continue to be available.

“We invite anyone who is interested in the data to give us feedback on
our new approach,” Hermanson says.

Released in phases

We will release the data in 3 phases:

      1. Protein content only by crop region and grade, based on individual
         samples received. Data will be updated weekly.

      2. Key functional parameters by crop region and grade, based on
         regional composites, when sufficient representative samples from
         each crop region have been received and composites have been made
         for analysis.

      3. Comprehensive quality analysis by grade with protein segregation
         (for Canada Western Red Spring wheat, not Canada Western Amber
         Durum) based on final composites of all regions, as provided in
         previous years.

Harvest Sample Program

Grain producers participate voluntarily in the program. They submit
representative samples of their crops to the Canadian Grain Commission.
We composite the samples by crop, class and grade and analyse quality
parameters that reflect end-use quality and performance. These data are
used by marketers, millers, bakers, brewers and food manufacturers both
domestically and internationally.

About the Canadian Grain Commission

The Canadian Grain Commission is the federal agency 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.

Related information

Harvest and export quality reports
Preliminary Canada Western Red Spring quality data
Preliminary Canada Western Amber Durum quality data
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SOURCE Canadian Grain Commission

Source: PR Newswire