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Two Prairie white wheats to be deregistered

A pair of five-year-old Prairie spring white wheats (CPSRs) will keep their registrations for less than two more years.

Snowhite 475 and Snowhite 476, both of which were developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at Swift Current, Sask. and picked up interim registration in 2004, will be deregistered effective April 28, 2011, the Canadian Grain Commission said Tuesday.

The two varieties, which had been distributed by the now-defunct Regina seed firm FarmPure Seeds, will only be eligible for the top grade under the CPSW class until that date.

Wheat growers in the four western provinces who deliver either wheat variety to a licensed facility after April 28, 2011 would get only a feed wheat grade for their delivery, the CGC said.

The two CPSRs were only registered in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C.

“Western wheat producers must know their seed and grow registered varieties if they want to obtain a top grade for their wheat deliveries,” chief commissioner Elwin Hermanson said in the CGC’s release.

“To play its part, the Canadian Grain Commission is committed to notifying producers on a timely basis when wheat varieties become deregistered, in order to help them make informed seeding choices.”

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