ELEVEN new varieties of wheat have been classified and are now listed on the 2023-24 Wheat Variety Master List.
The 2023-24 Wheat Variety Master List comes into effect tomorrow, and contains the names of all current varieties approved by Australia’s wheat classification process managed by Grains Australia, along with all listed feed varieties.
The list records the highest possible class available for respective zones noting that the varieties are then subject to each season’s Grain Trade Australia (GTA) Wheat Standards upon delivery.
“The release of the 2023-24 Wheat Variety Master List is the continuation of critical work to maintain the competitiveness of Australian wheat worldwide and ultimately ensure its quality meets the required standards,” Grains Australia general manager classification Megan Sheehy said.
“Grains Australia is working closing with our Wheat Council and industry to ensure the delivery of a market-driven variety classification system that represents value for customers and producers,” Dr Sheehy added.
The 11 new milling varieties classified are:
- BASF Kingston;
- BASF Reilly;
- LRPB Matador;
- LRPB Mowhawk;
- Sundancer; and,
- Tomahawk CL Plus.
- Calibre to Australian Prime Hard (APH) and Willaura to Australian Hard (AH) in the Northern Zone;
- LRPB Dual to AH in the Western Zone.
Four varieties have been removed from the 2023-24 Wheat Variety Master List after a long period of consultation with industry, having been first flagged for removal in 2021 and delivered in their existing class up until 2022.
Based on decreasing production thresholds, 19 varieties are planned for removal in 2024:
- Impose CL Plus;
- Justica CL Plus;
- EGA Eagle Rock;
- GBA Sapphire;
- EGA 2248;
- Spear; and,
- Halberd T/N.
- LRPB Catalina;
- AGT Katana;
- LRPB Merlin;
- Sunguard; and,
- LRPB Gazelle.
Janz, Sunstate, Sunvale and Cunningham are also scheduled to be removed due to their continued concerns about them being inaccurately declared by growers, the impact being underpayment of royalties to breeders.
The reclassification of Strzelecki to Australian Premium White (APW) is planned for 2024 in the South Eastern and Northern Zones.
Also planned for 2025 is the reclassification of LRPB Gauntlet to AH in the Northern Zone.
The Wheat Variety Master List is available at grainsaustralia.com.au
Source: Grains Australia