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AWB (International) Limited today announced a new segregation to be opened during the harvest period at some receival sites in Western Australia, which will provide growers with an opportunity to deliver high screening, high protein wheat to AWB.
AWB (International) Limited General Manager Peter Geary, said the poor seasonal conditions and lack of rain throughout the WA wheat belt meant growers would be faced with a higher than normal amount of small and pinched grains, which would be treated as screenings at the receival site.
“The new segregation, Australian Utility Hard (AUH2) will allow growers to deliver loads with high protein and small and pinched grains without receiving the normal discounts that apply to high screenings wheat,” said Mr Geary.
“We understand how bad the season has been in WA and we are keen to implement measures that ensure returns to growers are maximised, particularly at a time when we anticipate yields will be reduced.
Mr Geary said the wheat delivered into the AUH2 segregation would be paid at an estimated pool return of $225.23 (GST inclusive) a tonne at 11.5 per cent protein and 5 per cent screenings. Screenings and protein scales will apply as per the specifications for Australian Hard, with the screenings scale extended to 15 per cent maximum. He said the test weight minimum for AUH2 was 71 kilograms per hectolitre, compared with 74 kg/hl for Australian Hard.
The AUH2 grade will also allow up to 15% by count stained grain, or 75 grains per 500 grains using a small black measure. Deliveries can also have 50 type 6, 10 type 7a and 150 type 7b weed seeds.
For further information or to request a copy of the payment matirx, growers should contact their local area office or the Grower Services Centre on 1800 054 433.
For more information please contact Jo O’Connell at AWB Limited Public Affairs, (03) 9209 2555 or 0407 310 250.