Premium Program

Premium Wheat Deserves a Premium Price

Wheat farmers in Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska can combine high yielding wheat varieties with a 30-90 cent per bushel premium to boost income potential with the CWRF ConAgra Mills Ultragrain® Premium Program! Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF) is proud to continue the long-standing partnership with ConAgra to offer wheat growers premiums for select hard white winter wheat varieties - Snowmass and Thunder CL. The demand for hard white wheat continues to grow as consumers look for the health benefits of whole grain products from hard white wheat varieties. Questions and Answers Regarding the CWRF ConAgra Ultragrain Premium Program Q:  What is the CWRF ConAgra Ultragrain Premium Program? Q:  What hard white winter wheat varieties are eligible for the CWRF ConAgra Ultragrain Premium Program? Q:  How have Snowmass and Thunder CL performed in Colorado dryland and irrigated variety performance trials? Q:  What are the requirements of the program? Q:  In general, what are the contract terms? Q: What will be the cost of the certified seed? Q:  Where can I buy the certified seed? Q:  Can I save seed and replant it? Q:  What are the delivery points? Q:  What is the CWRF ConAgra Ultragrain Premium Program? A:  The Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF) is partnering with ConAgra Mills to create the ConAgra Mills Ultragrain Premium Program for hard white wheat. The Premium Program allows participating farmers to grow PlainsGold hard white wheat varieties Snowmass and Thunder CL under contract to ConAgra Mills and to receive a base premium of 65 cents per bushel on Snowmass and 50 cents a bushel on Thunder CL, plus an additional premium of up to 20 cents more for protein content, for a total of 70 to 95 cents per bushel for the 2014 crop. 2014 Crop Protein Scale:

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What hard white winter wheat varieties are eligible for the CWRF ConAgra Ultragrain Premium Program? A:  Thunder CL and Snowmass are the two varieties that are grown under the CWRF ConAgra Ultragrain Premium Program. Snowmass is the newest addition to the CWRF ConAgra Ultragrain® Premium Program and was first available for planting in fall 2010. This hard white wheat variety combines good dryland yields, good test weight, good sprouting tolerance, medium-tall plant stature for increased crop residue cover and excellent milling and baking qualities. Snowmass has excellent resistance to stripe and stem rust and is one of the few varieties with built-in resistance to wheat streak mosaic virus, which is becoming an increasing yield threat. Colorado growers will really appreciate the strong agronomic traits of this wheat variety paired with the excellent premium opportunities. Thunder CL was the first hard white wheat variety accepted into the CWRF ConAgra Ultragrain® Premium Program and will be eligible for planting again in fall 2011. This wheat variety has growers excited with its strong field performance and high trial yield results, particularly under irrigated conditions. Thunder CL has excellent stripe and stem rust resistance, good stress tolerance, very good straw strength and excellent milling and baking qualities. It also carries the Clearfield® herbicide-tolerance trait for control of winter annual grassy weeds. Q:  How have Snowmass and Thunder CL performed in Colorado dryland and irrigated variety performance trials? 2013 variety trail results here. Q:  What are the requirements of the program? A:  Wheat producers who wish to participate in the Ultragrain program will need to sign a “Clearfield Wheat Stewardship Grower Agreement” with BASF; a “Grain Pricing Schedule” with ConAgra Grain Processing Company” detailing the contract terms; and a Wheat Seed Agreement with CWRF that requires planting of certified seed and the delivery of all production to ConAgra. Q: In general, what are the contract terms? A. The Grain Pricing Schedule with ConAgra Grain Processing Company includes pricing (grower base premiums per bushel), price base (#1 HRW ordinary bid price basis the delivery point), contracting period (August 1 – November 30, 2011 – all grain must be delivered to designated delivery point when called by delivery point or by May 31, 2012 and all grain must be sold to delivery point no later than May 31, 2012), protein scale (20¢ per bu. at 13.0% protein or higher) delivery points, quality discounts (test weight, moisture, total defects, dockage, shrunken and broken, foreign material, IDK and damage), contrasting classes over 2.0% subject to forfeiture of all premiums and wheat must be identity preserved. Q: What will be the cost of the certified seed? A: The price of certified seed of Snowmass and Thunder CL should be similar to the price for other CWRF Clearfield varieties Above and Bond CL. Q: Where can I buy the certified seed? Thunder CL and Snowmass seed growers listed here. Q:  Can I save seed and replant it? A: No. Thunder CL carries the novel herbicide tolerance trait owned by BASF and growers must also sign a “Clearfield Wheat Stewardship Grower Agreement” with BASF that specifies that the grower is not to save seed for replanting or to supply to anyone for replanting.  Also, ConAgra has a requirement that certified seed must be used to produce wheat under contract with them to receive the grower and protein premium in their “Grain Pricing Schedule.”  The purpose of the “certified seed” requirement by ConAgra is to preserve the purity and integrity of the variety and its milling and baking qualities.  The Wheat Seed Agreement with CWRF requires planting of certified seed of Snowmass and Thunder CL for the production of grain to sell under the Grain Pricing Schedule established by ConAgra. Q:  What are the delivery points? ConAgra, in collaboration with CWRF, has established country elevator delivery points. The following delivery points have been established: Anton/Anton Coop Amherst/Grainland Coop Arriba/Flagler Coop Bennett/Roggen Coop Brush/Roggen Coop Burlington/Stratton Coop Colby, KS/Cornerstone Ag Coolidge, KS/Scoular Co. Denver/ConAgra Mills Dix, NE/Frenchman Valley Coop Flagler/Flagler Coop Fort Morgan/Wildcat Dairy Haxtun/Grainland Coop Holyoke/Grainland Coop Hugo/Flagler Coop Nunn/Roggen Coop Peetz/Peetz Coop Pierce/Roggen Coop Roggen/Roggen Coop Stratton/Stratton Coop Springfield/Elkhart Coop Additional delivery points pending Ultragrain is a 100 percent whole wheat flour that combines the nutritional benefits of whole grains with the finished recipe qualities of refined flour. The milling and baking qualities of Snowmass and Thunder CL set this program apart and give Colorado wheat growers a new opportunity to boost their incomes.