Unregistered peas, lentils to be demoted

Any unregistered varieties of lentils or peas harvested in Canada this fall or later will be graded No. 3 Canada at best.

The Canadian Grain Commission on Wednesday announced only registered varieties of peas and lentils will be eligible for the No. 1 Canada grade effective Aug. 1 this year.

Deliveries of registered and unregistered pea and lentil varieties made up to July 31 will be eligible for No. 1 Canada, but starting Aug. 1, unregistered varieties will be eligible for “the lowest grade established by regulation” only.

Until now, the commission said, peas and lentils have had an exemption from its variety registration requirements “to allow producers to take advantage of new varieties that were not yet registered.”

For any crops that don’t have such exemptions, deliveries of unregistered varieties are assigned the lowest grade available, as per the Canada Grain Act.

Now, however, the “majority” of the peas and lentils grown in Canada have completed the variety registration process, so “exemption is no longer necessary,” the commission said Wednesday. — Glacier FarmMedia Network

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