About Prairie Grain Development Committee

The Prairie Grain Development Committee (PGDC) is a forum for the exchange of information relevant to the development of improved cultivars of grain crops for the western Canadian prairies.

The four independent recommending committees are responsible for the testing, evaluation, and recommending of grain crop candidate cultivars for registration in Western Canada:

  • Prairie Recommending Committee for Wheat, Rye and Triticale (PRCWRT)
  • Prairie Recommending Committee for Oat and Barley (PRCOB)
  • Prairie Recommending Committee for Pulse & Special Crops (PRCPSC)
  • Prairie Recommending Committee for Oilseeds (PRCO)

Wheat, Rye & Triticale

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Pulse & Special Crops

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Dec. 7, 2017

Welcome to the new PGDC website.

The PGDC Executive is proud to present to you the new PGDC website!

The new site has updated the navigation through the site, streamlined access to key pages and has a cleaner look.

We are still in the process of updating some pages and new features will be added in the coming months but let us know what you think.

Nov. 21, 2017

Update on New Varieties (Wheat, Rye & Triticale)

Please click on the following link to access an update on new varieties.



2018 Annual Meeting

The PGDC Executive are pleased to invite you the 2018 Annual Meeting in beautiful Banff, Alberta Feb. 27th - Mar. 1st, 2018

All the information regarding the Annual Meeting can be found by clicking on the Annual Meeting in the menu above.

Register Online - click here for Registration Information

  • Registration Fee - $475

2018 Plenary Session: Disruptive Change and Technology

  • “Fixing complex genotypes in plants: progress with apomixis in the Brassicacea” –Dr. Tim Sharbel, Global Institute for Food Security;
  • “Value Creation: Past, Present, Future” – Dr. Erin Armstrong and Tom Steve, CANTERRA SEEDS and Alberta Wheat Commission;
  • "Breaking the seed bank: Strategies to interrupt weed seed set and dispersal", Lena Syrovy, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan
  • “NAFTA, TPP11, China, Pacific Alliance. Where Canadian grain fits into the alphabet soup of international trade agreements, alignments and opportunities” – Carlo Dade, Canada West Foundation

Book your Accommodation at the Banff Centre. - click here to book Accommodation

Single Room Rates at the Banff Centre:

  • Standard Room: $120/night
  • Superior Room: $140/night
  • Facility Fee: $15/day