Wheat Variety Master List names 14 additions

Grain Central, July 31, 2023

LRPB Matador, pictured here in seed production at Naracoorte in South Australia, is one of 14 varieties added to the Wheat Variety Master List in 2023-24. Photo: LRPB

ELEVEN new varieties of wheat have been classified and are now listed on the 2023-24 Wheat Variety Master List.

These including nine Premium Hard milling varieties, as well as LRPB Scotch as an Australian Soft variety, Patron as a new Australian Durum variety, and three feed varieties: RGT Waugh; SEA Peel, and SEA Stockman.

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;
  • Leverage;
  • LRPB Matador;
  • LRPB Mowhawk;
  • Soaker;
  • Stockade;
  • Sundancer; and,
  • Tomahawk CL Plus.
Variety upgrades include:
  • 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;
  • Forrest;
  • Preston;
  • EGA Eagle Rock;
  • Ellison;
  • GBA Sapphire;
  • EGA 2248;
  • Carnamah;
  • Kennedy;
  • H45;
  • Sunlin;
  • Petrel;
  • Sunbrook;
  • Stiletto;
  • Sunbri;
  • Sunco;
  • Spear; and,
  • Halberd T/N.
Next year, 19 varieties are planned for removal, and include:
  • Kelalac;
  • Ventura;
  • Bullaring;
  • Carinya;
  • Correll;
  • LRPB Catalina;
  • Bolac;
  • AGT Katana;
  • Estoc;
  • LRPB Merlin;
  • Yawa;
  • Tjilkuri;
  • WID802;
  • 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

Source: Grains Australia


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