Help maintain Canada’s reputation for quality cereals and protect your investments by keeping Ochratoxin A (OTA) out of your stored grain. OTA is a potent mycotoxin produced by Penicillium verrucosum, a naturally occurring soil fungus, that can form on stored grain. Unlike deoxynivalenol (also known as DON or vomitoxin) which is formed in the field, OTA forms exclusively in storage in wet grain or when water comes in contact with grain.
For many years, falling number (FN) has been an important global requirement in wheat exports. In the last few years prairie farmers have seen it being increasingly used to determine the milling quality of their grain. This has created confusion for farmers as FN is not a grading factor, but is most often a contract requirement.
The Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) understands the challenges producers are facing this fall due to recent heavy rain and snow delaying harvest. I would like to take this opportunity to provide some information about coverage options available to Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers. Crop Insurance provides coverage for both yield and quality loss on insured crops. It is important producers stay in contact with SCIC about their crop quality. Our offices will be able to identify producers who appear to be in a claim position due to quality losses.
If you are a registered Saskatchewan wheat producer and have not been to Cigi’s Combine to Customer program in the past, you can sign up for one of the three programs in 2020. The programs will include a number of senior level speakers who will provide insight into where the grain industry is heading. Sign up soon, as space is limited!
Environmental conditions during the 2019 crop year will affect wheat quality by causing downgrading. Some of these downgrading factors may include, but are not limited to, Immature, Green, Frost/Heat Stress, Mildew and Sprouted kernels. Official definitions of these factors, how they are assessed and the limits for each class/grade can be found in the Canadian Grain Commission’s Official Grain Grading Guide (OGGG). Quality impacts of these factors are explained in this document.
With the 2019 wheat harvest well under way, the Canadian Grain Commission would like to remind everyone in Canada’s grain industry from grain producers to exporters about the important role we all play in ensuring the integrity of Canada’s wheat classes. Wheat classes are a key part of our grain quality system. Managing wheat classes properly from farm to export continues to ensure Canadian wheat’s high level of quality and dependability.
The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) is calling for the Government of Canada to undertake World Trade Organization (WTO) action to lift country-of-origin labelling (COOL) restrictions on durum in Italy.
The Research Program Assistant reports to the Research Program Manager and is responsible for providing administrative support related to the research funding activities of the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (SWDC). This is a full-time, salaried position (37.5 hours per week); some travel may be required.