GFO: Wheat Quality Harvest Survey

By Maegan Mackimmie

Grain Farmers of Ontario has posted results from the fourth round of the Ontario wheat quality harvest survey.

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The wheat samples from this year’s harvest survey are being analyzed by SGS Canada and the Grains Analytical Testing Laboratory.

Wheat quality continues to be very strong across the different classes in Ontario. The majority of wheat now being submitted for testing was harvested after fairly significant rains in mid-July. Protein levels are not affected by the rain and results remain very strong — up nearly one per cent from last year for both soft red winter and hard red winter wheat.

Falling number and test weight results have been lower than early harvested wheat for both classes. However, they are still in ranges that are considered to be good quality. Five samples of soft white winter wheat from the Eastern region were also analyzed during this round of testing. Protein levels are up from last year with grades ranging from one to three. The grade 3 samples had sprout damage which resulted in the lower falling numbers and grades.

Overall, the average soft white winter wheat quality looks good across Ontario to date.

For more harvest survey results, look for Ontario Wheat Quality under the production tab at ww.gfo.ca.