Understanding Variety Names in the Seed and Grain Sectors

The appropriate use of variety names is critical to the success of the entire Canadian grain value chain, from variety development to processors.

While seed regulations prohibit the use of wheat variety names unless used in relation to pedigreed seed, grain regulations encourage producers to use wheat variety names when declaring class of wheat delivered into the commercial grain handling system. This can sometimes lead to confusion.

This Q&A is intended to provide clarity on the proper use of variety names and to help increase understanding in these areas:

Variety Names and Seed Types

Seeds Regulations

Seed Variety Testing

Intellectual Property Rights

Grain Regulations

Grain Variety Testing

Testing Glossary