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OWC offices have implemented limited contact policy as of March 23. The OWC office is operating remotely in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The health of our families, employees, customers, vendors and partners remains as important as ever and we recognize the danger that COVID-19 poses for vulnerable individuals. Non-essential in-person meetings have been moved to phone conferencing or postponed.

Our staff is committed to serving our industry, which does not have the option for closing down. We are available by email and cell phone and continuing to operate remotely.

Oregon Wheat

This is the story of Oregon wheat, typically soft white wheat grown in the vast expanses of Eastern Oregon, and in lush Willamette River Valleys. Wheat from these diverse regions has a common trait. It helps feed a hungry world. Which means it must travel from farm to river to terminals at the Port of Portland…and on to the world. 

The Oregon Wheat Commission is a producer funded and governed check-off program. Our mission is to improve the profitability of Oregon Wheat Growers through Marketing, Research and Grower Education programs. The OWC is composed of five producer commissioners, one public member and two handlers from the various growing regions of the state. Our responsibility is to allocate assessment funds to specific programs designed to find solutions to immediate and long term issues faced by the wheat producers of Oregon.

The Commission was originally formed to deal with the abundance of wheat grown. With around 90% of Oregon wheat now being exported the majority of our marketing efforts are focused on overseas markets. The OWC currently cooperates with U.S. Wheat Associates and Wheat Marketing Center to provide technical assistance to customers and develop markets.

The majority of the Commission’s research funding goes to researchers at Oregon State University and USDA-ARS Western Wheat Quality Laboratory focusing on variety development, genomics, quality, fertility and weed management.

The Commission also funds, in part, the efforts of the Oregon Wheat Growers League as the industry’s grass roots representative conducting grower education and advocacy efforts.

The Oregon Wheat Commission and the Oregon Wheat Growers League collaborate to serve the ever changing needs of the industry.


Sept. 21, 2020 Videoconference.

The Oregon Wheat Commission will hold a regular meeting on September 21, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. All members of the public are welcome to attend.

The meeting is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact the Oregon Wheat Commission office forty-eight (48) hours in advance at (503) 467-2161.

Zoom Meeting

Dial: 1-253-215-8782

Meeting ID: 862 9601 3785

Code: 268921

2020 Research Progress Reports

2019 Wheat & Barley Variety Profiles



Variety Profiles

2020 Preferred Varieties

The 2020 Washington, Oregon and North Idaho Preferred Wheat Varieties brochure is produced by the PNW wheat commissions in an effort to provide quality data on varieties grown in the region.

Varieties are ranked statistically by quality groupings within each class based on end-use quality from grain, milling and product quality testing. Quality scores reflect a minimum of three years’ data in the genotype and environment (G&E) study conducted by the USDA/ARS Western Wheat Quality Lab (WWQL) in Pullman, WA.

The brochure represents the collaborative efforts of the WWQL, the Washington State University (WSU) Wheat Quality Lab, the Oregon State University Cereal Quality Lab and the University of Idaho Wheat Quality Lab, along with the university cereal grains extension trial programs of the three states. Growers are encouraged to consult the Washington State Crop Improvement Association (WSCIA) Seed Buying Guide and the various university variety testing programs for details on agronomic characteristics for varieties.

Varieties are listed by statistical quality

Varieties are listed by statistical quality rankings by class. When making a decision between varieties with similar agronomic characteristics and grain yield potential, choose the variety with the higher quality ranking. This will help to increase the overall quality and desirability of Pacific Northwest (PNW) wheat.

Most Desirable (MD)—These varieties generally have high test weights, appropriate protein content (kernel properties), and excellent milling and end-use properties.

Desirable (D)—The kernel, milling, and end-use qualities of these varieties range from good to very good. The quality attributes of these varieties are desirable in international trade.

Acceptable (A)—The kernel, milling, and end-use qualities of these varieties range from acceptable to good. Individual varieties may possess minor flaws. The quality attributes of these varieties are acceptable in international trade.

Least Desirable (LD)—These varieties have displayed low quality characteristics for this class of wheat. The intrinsic quality of PNW wheat will be improved if these varieties are not planted.

Unacceptable Except Customer-Specific Uses (UCS)— One or more critical flaws in quality are present in these varieties and will not make suitable products for this class of wheat. Production of these varieties should be targeted to specific end-uses and kept strictly segregated from general commercial channels.

These rankings are based on the results of the Genotype and Environment Study (G&E) quality testing conducted by the USDA Western Wheat Quality Laboratory, the Washington State University Wheat Quality Program, the University of Idaho Wheat Quality Laboratory, and the Oregon State University Cereal Quality Laboratory, including relevant breeding nurseries. End-use quality determinations were based on results from grain, milling and product quality tests. The quality scores presented here reflect a minimum of three years’ data in the G&E study, using a reference variety for each class. The scores are reviewed yearly as new data becomes available, and are subject to change. Varieties not listed have not been tested or have less than three years of data.
For complete results, please visit the website.

2020 Preferred Variety Brochure

Contact Us

OWC is located in the Albers Mill building at:

1200 NW Naito Parkway, Ste. 370
Portland, OR 97209

Phone: 503.467.2161

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