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CANADA

Western Red Spring

The most widely grown wheat class in Western Canada, CWRS is regarded for its superior milling and baking quality. This hard wheat with its high protein improves the quality of a blend if milled with lower-quality wheat.

Top 5 varieties grown this year

  1. AAC Brandon
  2. AAC Viewfield
  3. CDC Landmark
  4. AAC Elie
  5. AAC Redberry

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

PRODUCTION

WHEAT GROWN IN CANADA

21MT

Advice from an Expert

Sound wheat with good gluten strength.

Grading Factors

85% is No. 1 and No. 2. Significant improvement over 2019

Protein

Protein levels are comparable to the 10-year average.

Milling Quality

High test weight with good Falling Numbers over 350 seconds

Application Performance

Baking: high absorption, good loaf volume. Noodles: good texture and colour retention

CWRS

Grading


Significant improvement in volume from last year.

58%

No. 1

27%

No. 2

7.6%

No. 3

7.3%

All Others

CWRS 2020-21

Major Grading Factors

This year our crop is living up to the quality that makes this class so desirable.

  • Kernels are plump with good test weight
  • Low sprout damage resulting in good falling numbers over 350 seconds.
  • Frost-impacted kernels appear to be slightly harder, resulting in higher absorption.

CWRS

Protein

No.1, Prairie Composite

CWRS 2020-21

Protein Content


GRADING FACTOR AND
PROTEIN CONTENT TABLE
INFORMATION

  • Analysis conducted by CGC Grain Research Laboratory as of November 1, 2021
  • Protein content (N × 5.7) is determined by near-infrared measurements calibrated against Combustion Nitrogen Analysis reference method and is expressed on an 13.5% moisture basis.
  • Results are unlikely to represent samples harvested within two weeks of the report
  • The “Number of Samples” figures may not reflect actual production distributions across grades
  • Samples provided by growers
  • N/A= not applicable
  • HVK = Hard vitreous kernels
  • NS = non-sufficient

CWRS

Milling Quality

No.1, Western Prairie Composite

TEST WEIGHT

83.2 kg/hL

Improvement from last year

WEIGHT PER 1,00 KERNELS

37.0 g

Improvement from last year

ASH CONTENT

1.51%

Comparable to last year

MILLLING FLOUR YIELD

74.5%

Comparable to last year

CWRS

Applications


Bread Analysis

CWRS is ideal for the production of high-volume pan breads. It produces bread with high loaf volume, bright crumb colour and fine and uniform crumb structure. It’s equally versatile in the production of hearth breads and flat breads, and it produces dough with a good balance of elasticity and extensibility. It has good mixing and fermentation tolerance in all baking processes.

For 2020 in particular, the gluten strength allows for good fermentation tolerance. It also provides good handling properties during processing. It’s an excellent flour to blend with as it improves the quality of doughs that have weaker properties. Overall, it has good loaf volume.

No-time dough

No. 1, Western Composite
ABSORPTION

71%

MIXING TIME

6.3 min

SPECIFIC VOLUME

7.0 cm3/g

TOTAL SCORE

9.4/10

No. 1, Eastern Composite
ABSORPTION

69%

MIXING TIME

6.3 min

SPECIFIC VOLUME

7.3 cm3/g

TOTAL SCORE

9.9/10

No. 2, Prairie Composite
ABSORPTION

70%

MIXING TIME

5.8 min

SPECIFIC VOLUME

6.8 cm3/g

TOTAL SCORE

9.4/10


Baking (Sponge & Dough Using Straight Grade Flour)

No. 1, Western Composite
ABSORPTION

70%

MIXING TIME

8.2 min

SPECIFIC VOLUME

6.6 cm3/g

TOTAL SCORE

9.9/10

No. 1, Eastern Composite
ABSORPTION

68%

MIXING TIME

7.7 min

SPECIFIC VOLUME

6.9 cm3/g

TOTAL SCORE

9.8/10

No. 2
ABSORPTION

69%

MIXING TIME

7.7 min

SPECIFIC VOLUME

7.0 cm3/g

TOTAL SCORE

10/10


Noodles Analysis

CWRS is suitable for a wide range of noodles, including white salted, yellow alkaline, egg and instant noodles. Its well-balanced dough elasticity and extensibility assists with the formation of a uniform gluten matrix and ensures smooth sheeting during processing. It can also be used for pasta production in markets that prefer pasta made from common (non-durum) wheat.

This year’s CWRS is an especially good choice for white salted and yellow alkaline noodles. It lends itself to good textural properties and colour retention.

Fresh Yellow Alkaline Noodles (Using 74% Extraction Flour)

No. 1, Western Composite
MAX CUTTING STRESS

41.8 g/mm2

Cooked noodle, 3.5 min

COLOUR

L*: 73.5
a*: 0.20
b*: 26.5

No. 1, Eastern Composite
MAX CUTTING STRESS

42.0 g/mm2

Cooked noodle, 3.5 min

COLOUR

L*: 73.4
a*: 0.25
b*: 25.9

No. 2
MAX CUTTING STRESS

42.0 g/mm2

Cooked noodle, 3.5 min

COLOUR

L*: 72.6
a*: 1.61
b*: 23.7


Fresh White Salted Noodles (Using 74% Extraction Flour)

No. 1, Western Composite
MAX CUTTING STRESS

26.2 g/mm2

Cooked noodle, 3.5 min

COLOUR

L*: 75.5
a*: 1.60
b*: 25.2

No. 1, Eastern Composite
MAX CUTTING STRESS

27.2 g/mm2

Cooked noodle, 3.5 min

COLOUR

L*: 75.1
a*: 1.88
b*: 24.9

No. 2
MAX CUTTING STRESS

27.4 g/mm2

Cooked noodle, 3.5 min

COLOUR

L*: 75.6
a*: 1.61
b*: 23.7

Advice from an Expert

ELAINE SOPIWNYK

Director of Grain Quality

Improvements in CWRS quality in 2020 means no major adjustments in milling or processing are required. CWRS continues to offer the high quality expected by customers. With strong but mellow gluten, dough has a good balance of elasticity and extensibility, making it a great choice for a multitude of end products.

Good milling performance

High test weight and thousand kernel weight values ensures good milling performance.

Good baking quality

Strong and balanced gluten ensures good dough handling during processing and good loaf volumes.

Good noodle quality

Good processing with good colour retention and textural properties.

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