HIGHER QUALITY = HIGHER RETURNS
Identity Preserved (IP) grain should not be confused with genetically modified (GM) grain. In fact, the ongoing international debate about genetically modified crops has stimulated the demand for IP grain. In many countries, millers and consumers choose IP grain as a guarantee of purity and quality, and a growing number of farmers across North America are turning to IP grain production as a way of commanding higher prices for their crops.
Identity Preserved crops are handled more carefully than commodity grains, and they are produced with a chain of custody that is documented from beginning to end. Farmers must ensure that their fields aren’t contaminated with the previous year’s crop, and measures must be taken to ensure that IP crops aren’t compromised by wind-blown seed from neighbouring fields. Trucks, farm equipment and granaries must also be cleaned to make sure the IP crop isn’t spoiled by the remnants of another harvest.
Paterson Grain makes contracts with farmers to grow IP grains to precise specifications. Paterson Grain administers the contracts, offers crop consultation services, and safeguards the integrity of the crop through the grain handling system. We also ship the grain directly to the buyer’s port of destination or processing plant. In turn, the grower receives a premium payment.
WARBURTON WHEAT PRODUCTION PROGRAM
Our Warburton Wheat Production Program is an Identity Preserved program that focuses on the specific, high quality wheat required by Warburtons – the largest family-owned baking firm in the United Kingdom. As Brett Warburton explains, the Paterson name is the mark of quality: “We pride ourselves in delivering only the best baked goods to our customers, and we do this by sourcing the best possible wheat grown. From seed to harvest, from harvest to terminal, and from rail to ship, our wheat is Identity Preserved through Paterson’s network and transportation services. We continue to purchase through Paterson because of superior service, on-time delivery and quality conscious Paterson employees.”
Growers who follow the terms of Paterson’s Warburton Wheat Production Program receive a significant premium for their grain.
ICEBERG HARD WHITE SPRING WHEAT PROGRAM
Iceberg presents the next generation in hard white spring wheat offered by Paterson Grain. It combines high grain yield with short strong straw and good disease resistance performance in a variety that has high protein and improved flour milling yield with bright white flour colour. It has baking quality improvements, especially beneficial in whole grain breads and enhanced flour colour and strength will work well in noodle applications.
NON-GMO SOYBEAN PROGRAM
Paterson Grain is responsible for developing Canada’s first Non-GMO Soybean Program. This is a complete, audited Identity Preserved program which guarantees our end-user buyers and processors the Non-GMO status of soybeans. In return for producing this variety of soybean, growers receive a higher price for their crop.
MALT BARLEY PRODUCTION PROGRAM
Paterson Grain has a well-established network of international customers for malt barley. Growers who take part in this program are provided with the benefits of our deferred input program.
Brassica carinata, commonly known as Ethiopian mustard, has an oil profile optimized for use in the biofuel industry, specifically for BIOJET FUEL.
Agriculture and AgriFood Canada have developed varieties that offer growers high yields, high oil content and are ideally suited to semi-arid growing conditions commonly found in the southern Prairies of Canada and the Northern Plains of the US.
That’s important because BIOJET FUEL produced from plant oils is now approved for up to 50% blend with conventional jet fuel. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has a stated goal of reaching one billion gallons of biojet fuel use in the commercial and military aviation sectors by 2018.
These initiatives mean fuel suppliers are looking for a sustainable, scalable and economic feedstock to meet this demand – and Carinata is that crop. Because it is optimized for the industrial use and is not a food crop, carinata offers growers viable, active markets for their production.
It is the best of both worlds: a crop with excellent agronomics that performs well in stressful conditions in addition does very well in ultimate growing conditions and has a ready market.
Paterson Grain has partnered with Agrisoma to develop and commercialize this exciting crop.
For further information, contact any Paterson Grain location or go to Agrisoma website at www.agrisoma.com where you can learn more about the crop and access the Carinata Production Manual.
The Snowbird Hard White Spring wheat IP program is offered by Paterson Grain in conjunction with FP Genetics. Snowbird has good agronomic and disease qualities with high yield, low lodging susceptibility and resistance to a wide range of common diseases. White wheat demand is increasing, especially by bakers looking for a desirable sweet bran flavour profile and bread baking performance. The bright, white colour of Snowbird flour is also appreciated in a wide range of Asian food applications.
Eurostar durum wheat is provided by Paterson Grain as an Identity Preserved opportunity in conjunction with SeCan. Eurostar durum has good agronomic value, well adapted to the durum growing region with a well-balanced disease resistance package. The benefits of Eurostar that durum millers are looking for include good protein value and pasta strength with a high yield of bright yellow semolina. Eurostar has low grain cadmium content, a necessity for access to the valuable European market.