CANADA’S wheat crop is reaching a critical milestone and farmers are hoping it will be a big day.
The Canadian Wheat Board said Thursday that the crop harvested this week from Manitoba’s Okanagan Valley, about 150 kilometres west of Edmonton, is one of the largest ever harvested in the country.
“It’s a big deal,” said Mark Furlong, executive director of the Wheat Board.
“This is an area where we have an outstanding crop.
We’ve had one of our best years in terms of wheat production.”
Furlong said wheat is the crop’s top export market and the board expects to export about half of the wheat to the U.S. by the end of the year.
He said it is the board’s second biggest wheat harvest in Canadian history.
Furlink said wheat was already a major commodity export market in the U:”Wheat is an important part of our global food supply chain and we expect that to continue in the coming months.”
The grain will be shipped to the United States by rail, Furlink added.
The grain has a grain weight of 775 kg (1,865 lbs), a maximum export weight of 4,400 kg (8,600 lbs) and a maximum harvest weight of 1,200 kg (2,700 lbs).
Wheat will be sold at a price of $2.25 per bushel and $2 per kg in the United State.