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Prairie Grain Development Committee
27th Annual Meeting Overview
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
February 23 to 25, 2016

The Prairie Recommending Committee for Wheat, Rye and Triticale (PRCWRT) considered 27 candidates for registration, and 25 were recommended for registration. Recommended lines had increased yield, improved quality and disease resistance, early maturity, and orange wheat blossom midge resistance. Two lines were solid-stemmed and two had resistance to the Orange Wheat Blossom midge.

Prairie Recommending Committee for Wheat, Rye and Triticale (PRCWRT), recommended lines, February 25, 2016.


Line Class Proposer Comments

BW1005 CWRS P. Hucl; U of S - CDC  
BW1011 CWRS F. Kirigwi; Syngenta  
BW1013 CWRS S. Kumar; AAFC - BRC  
BW1016 CWRS S. Kumar; AAFC - BRC  
BW488 CWRS P. Hucl; U of S - CDC Sm1+; solid stem
BW986 CWRS D. Spaner; U of AB  
PT250 CWRS R. Cuthbert; AAFC - SPARC  
HY2003 CPS P. Hucl; U of S - CDC Sm1+; Imidazolinone tolerant
HY2013 CPS F. Kirigwi; Syngenta SY Rowyn
Elgin ND CNHR R. Merryweather; FP Genetics  
Faller CNHR W. Smith; Seed Depot  
Prosper CNHR W. Smith; Seed Depot  
DT583 CWAD C. Pozniak; U of S - CDC Low cadmium
DT862 CWAD Y. Ruan; AAFC - SPARC Solid stem, low cadmium
DT863 CWAD Y. Ruan; AAFC - SPARC Low cadmium
W522 CWRW A. Brule-Babel; U of MB  
W526 CWRW R. Graf; AAFC - LRC  
Alderon CWSP K. Nelson; KWS - UK Interim
Charing CWSP K. Nelson; KWS - UK Interim
GP151 CWSP H. Randhawa; AAFC - LRC  
GP184 CWSP D. Rourke; Western Feed Grain WFT1001
W535 CWSP A. Brule-Babel; U of MB  
W538 CWSP A. Brule-Babel; U of MB  
KWS Bono Fall Rye A. Gordillo; KWS - Germany  
BW968 CPSR/CNHR R. Cuthbert; AAFC - SPARC  

The Prairie Recommending Committee for Oat and Barley (PRCOB) considered 4 oat lines and 4 barley lines for registration. Three milling oat lines, one feed oat line, and four two-row malting barley lines were recommended.

PRCOB recommended lines, February 25, 2016.


Line No. Type Proposer & Affiliation

OT2105 Milling Oat J. Mitchell-Fetch, AAFC - BRC
OT3080 Milling Oat A. Beattie et al., University of Saskatchewan
OT3085 Milling Oat A. Beattie et al., University of Saskatchewan
OT6011 Feed Oat Jim Dyck, Oat Advantage
TR13606 2-Row Malt (Interim) P. Juskiw et al., FCDC, AB
TR13609 2-Row Malt P. Juskiw et al., FCDC, AB
TR13812 2-Row Malt A. Beattie et al., University of Saskatchewan
TR14928 2-Row Malt (Interim) F. Kirigwi et al., Syngenta Canada

The Prairie Recommending Committee for Pulse and Special Crops (PRCPSC) recommended 15 lines for registration: 6 dry bean lines, 1 canarygrass line, 4 field pea lines, and 4 lentil lines.

PRCPSC recommended lines, February 25, 2016.


Line No. Crop Type

CR318-6 Bean Cranberry
CR312-8 Bean Cranberry
3620-3 Bean Flor de junio
L11PS211 Bean Pinto
L11YL012 Bean Yellow
L11YL015 Bean Yellow
C05041 Canarygrass glabrous
CDC 3525-5 Pea Yellow
CDC 4061-4 Pea Yellow
P0520-116 Pea Yellow
P0521-109 Pea Yellow
IBC 839 Lentil French green
IBC 937 Lentil Large green
3674-15 Lentil Small Red
IBC 975 Lentil Small Red

The Prairie Recommending Committee for Oilseeds (PRCO) recommended four flax lines for registration. Daryl Rex stepped down as Chair, and Eric Fridfinnson was voted as new chair.

PRCO recommended lines, February 25, 2016.


Line Crop/Type Proposer

FP2432 Yellow flax H. Booker, CDC Saskatoon
FP2461 Brown Flax S. Duguid, AAFC Morden
FP2484 Brown flax S. Duguid, AAFC Morden
FP2497 Brown Flax M. Beaith, CPS

For more information regarding deliberations of the respective committees and the candidate cultivars that were recommended at the 2016 meeting please contact the Chair and/or Secretary of the respective committees. Contact information can be found at: Contact Us link.

The PGDC also organizes a Plenary Session to communicate topics of interest to members of the various committees, and in 2016 featured speakers that provided updates on "Grain Marketing Strategies". The presentations and speakers included:

  1. Dr. Dave Hatcher, Grain Research Laboratory, Winnipeg, MB spoke on "Wheat Class Modernization: Changes to wheat varietal classification and implications to Canadian stakeholders";


  2. Mr. John Peterson, Richardson International Ltd., Winnipeg, MB spoke on "Opportunities and challenges from an exporter perspective";


  3. Mr. Glenn Tait, Vice president of operations, National Farmers Union spoke on "Challenges and opportunities in grain marketing from a producer perspective;


  4. Mr. Murad Al-Katib, President of Alliance Grain Technologies, Regina, SK spoke on "The changing world of global protein: A pulses opportunity boom"

Additional information regarding the Plenary Session and PDF copies of the presentations can be found on the Annual Plenary Sessions page.