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Samples from the different companies are blended into composites according to wheat class. These then undergo extensive analysis of milling and flour properties.

Showing off the new crop

Harvest assessment is key to quality seminars for international wheat customers

Reading Time: 3 minutes This past fall the Canadian International Grains Institute collected grain samples from across Western Canada to complete its annual harvest assessment in preparation for worldwide customer seminars on crop quality. “It’s important that we get the information out as quickly as possible on what’s coming through the system so customers can see what they’ll be […] Read more

Randy Dennis (l), chief grain inspector for Canada talks to farmers attending the grain grading seminar in Yorkton, Sask.

Getting the scoop on grain grading

Farmers get a better understanding of frost damage, colour, mildew, sprouting and other downgrading factors

Reading Time: 3 minutes Farmers in Saskatchewan and Alberta recently had the opportunity to learn hands-on about how their grain is graded after delivery to their local elevator. In July, grain-grading seminars were held for farmers in Yorkton and Swift Current, Sask. for the first time as a joint effort between the Canadian International Grains Institute, Canadian Grain Commission […] Read more


Wheat wants to grow on the Prairies; it fits into the climate and soils that we have. If you do the right things you can do well with wheat.” — Kevin Auch, Alberta Wheat Commission

Wheat’s turn to shine

Despite shrinking government support in recent years, there have been remarkable research payoffs, and new investments promise even more

Reading Time: 5 minutes High prices have made some of the advances in canola yields look pretty good in recent years, masking the fact that average Prairie wheat yield increases have been even higher. But with new private and public research investments and recognition that it’s not just a necessary part of the rotation, wheat is starting to grab […] Read more

Cigi pulse technologist Gina Boux says incorporating yellow peas in food products such as crackers offers a chance to add value to the crop.

Boosting nutrition in gluten-free foods

Peas, beans and lentils provide a healthy option to corn starch and rice flour

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Canadian International Grains Institute has been investigating the use of pulse ingredients as a way to improve nutrition in commercial gluten-free food products, and to add value to Canadian pulse crops. Currently halfway through its four-year project called “Development of Gluten-Free Products Using Pulse Ingredients,” Cigi has incorporated pulses in tortillas, pan breads and […] Read more


Cigi course highlights customer relations

Reliability of Canadian wheat is the theme of Cigi’s annual international program

Reading Time: 4 minutes They come from 16 different countries, but have one thing in common — Canadian wheat. Participants in the 49th annual International Grain Industry Program at the Canadian International Grains Institute, better known as Cigi, came to Canada to learn more about where the grain they buy comes from, how it is grown and how it […] Read more

Yulia Borsuk, Cigi’s technical specialist in baking (l), demonstrates the properties of Canadian wheat at a bakery in Peru.

Promoting Canadian wheat in Latin America

Customers in Peru and Chile like the quality of CWRS, and are interested in more CPSR

Reading Time: 3 minutes For several years Latin American customers of Canadian wheat and durum have met with technical staff from the Canadian International Grains Institute to learn about analytical techniques and processes to evaluate wheat and flour quality. Most recently representatives from Cigi’s baking, milling and analytical services areas spent time in Chile and Peru. While in Chile, […] Read more


Darwin Tatel of the San Miguel Mill in Batangas, Philippines examines pasta technology during a technical exchange at Cigi.

Cigi coaxing Philippines back to Canadian wheat

The Institute is wooing Filipino millers after a period of poor gluten strength 
and low protein drove them to American wheat suppliers

Reading Time: 3 minutes For years Darwin Tatel used Canadian wheat at the San Miguel Mill in Batangas, Philippines, but then something changed. “We stopped using CWRS awhile back when we encountered some problems in terms of quality,” said the head miller, who was in Winnipeg to take part in a technical exchange program at the Canadian International Grains […] Read more

Dozens of prospective varieties are sampled for milling and baking characteristics before they can be recommended to become part of a Canadian wheat class.

Showing how new wheat varieties perform

Cigi represents the end-use customer at the table when new varieties are being considered for registration

Reading Time: 3 minutes Last February the Prairie Grain Development Committee recommended registration of crop lines that included 27 new wheat varieties. Technical staff from the Canadian International Grains Institute participated on quality evaluation teams involved in the recommendations, representing end-use interests of customers of Canadian grains from around the world. “The annual meeting is designed to evaluate data […] Read more


Five new winter wheats evaluated at Cigi

Flour yield and colour have been found to be better than in U.S. varieties

Reading Time: 3 minutes Investigation of the quality of Canada Western Red Winter wheat varieties has been ongoing at the Canadian International Grains Institute in support of the industry with an aim to increase awareness of its quality potential for both customers and producers. In 2014, Cigi created a winter wheat technical specialist position with funding from the Alberta […] Read more

Making change for cereal crop development

In the wake of deregulation, the cereals sector has needed to reorganize itself, and so far it seems like the major pieces have been picked up

Reading Time: 7 minutes When the Canadian Wheat Board was losing the single desk, there was no shortage of dire predictions about what the fallout might be. Even many of those in favour of an open market conceded that there were a lot of moving parts, and it was going to be necessary to proceed with caution lest very […] Read more