Annual Crop Missions created to reassure international wheat buyers
Wheat buyers from 17 countries will meet with representatives from Canada’s grain value chain to learn about the quality and end-use characteristics of the 2018 Canadian wheat crop during a series of new crop missions.
“2018 is a tale of two harvests,” says Cam Dahl, President of Cereals Canada. “The crop quality was very high until unusually early snowfall in some of the western prairie regions created challenging harvest conditions for farmers in those areas.” Dahl adds, “This approach is unique to Canada and the two-way dialogue benefits both customers and the Canadian industry in terms of understanding current and future needs.”
Wheat harvested before the snow fell is high quality with 95 per cent falling into the top two grades (No. 1 and No. 2) with high protein. While weathering has degraded the quality of some of the crop harvested in October it is expected that there is good availability of quality wheat.
International clients will hear from industry experts in terms of overall crop quality and functionality, availability, and a review of the growing season and farming in Canada. The Canadian team includes farmers and exporters, and scientists, technical specialists and representatives from Cereals Canada, Canadian International Grains Institute and Canadian Grain Commission.
New Crop Mission Facts
• Between November and December, the 2018 New Crop Missions will travel to 17 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, North and South America. The first seminar takes place in Mississauga, Ontario for Canadian millers and their customers.
• New Crop Missions are led by Cereals Canada and the Canadian International Grains Institute with support from the Canadian Grain Commission.
• The web site CanadianWheat.ca provides information related to the 2018 new crop including a comprehensive Crop in Review document and copies of the presentations given during the new crop mission seminars.
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