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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.

Commission Seats Open

OWC has two Commission positions accepting applications: Handler position #2 and Producer Position #2. The Handler position represented by Jordan Van Zante is eligible for reappointment while the producer position is a true vacancy.

Handler 2 – Handler living in the state of Oregon. All handler positions are appointed to 2 year terms.

Producer 2 – Producer engaged in growing wheat in Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam, Sherman, Wasco or Jefferson Counties and living in Oregon. This appointment is a 4 year term.

Applications are due no later than March 15th.

Research Pre-Proposals

The Commission will provide feedback on the pre-proposals as soon as possible.


  • Pre-proposal deadline: December 21, 2020
  • OWC staff review of proposals: December-January 2021
  • Full proposal invitation: January 2021
  • Anticipated Commission review of full proposals: March 1-2, 2021
  • Anticipated Commission decision on proposals: By May, 2021
  • Contracts Executed: June 2021
  • Project Execution: July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022


Contact the Commission office with any questions or concerns at 503-467-2161.

Upcoming Meetings - Open to Public


The Oregon Wheat Commission will hold a Regular Meeting on March 1 and 2, 2021.

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.

On Agenda:
*Times provided on agenda are estimated and may change.
**Verbal comments are limited to three minutes per individual.
Monday, March 1, 2021 - Research Review
Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 885 7200 3960; Passcode: 887669
Conference Call: 1-253-215-8782
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 857 4975 2897; Passcode: 766024
Phone: 1-253-215-8782

2020 Research Progress Reports

Oregon Variety Profiles

Variety Profiles

2021 Preferred Varieties

The 2021 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 Associa1tion (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.

2021 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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