AWB Limited has increased the flexibility of the WA feed wheat segregation by removing the limit on stained grain, AWB Limited Chief Executive, Andrew Lindberg said today.
Mr Lindberg said the decision, which will help WA growers maximise their harvest returns, was taken following a meeting with growers at Borden yesterday, convened to discuss options for those who faced potential weather damaged grain this season.
In the wake of the meeting, AWB Limited has now lifted the fungal stained standard for feed wheat from 50%, to 100%, meaning all wheat will be accepted into the feed segregation provided it meets the 62 kilogram per hectolitre test weight, the 12.5% moisture level and the various seed contamination standards.
“We understand that many growers in WA have had a bit of a roller-coaster season this year, first having a dry start and then with rain during the harvest period,” Mr Lindberg said.
“As a result of the harvest rain, growers have expressed concern to us about wheat that could, unfortunately, be below our feed wheat standards.
“We have listened to those concerns, and while still keeping a close eye on what our markets want, have been able to offer more flexibility with regard to the level of fungal staining and provide growers with an avenue for that grain at a very reasonable feed price.
“We raised the level of stained grain in similar circumstances in the Albany and Esperance region during the 1999/2000 harvest, and we were able to market this grain successfully as part of the Feed Pool.
“I think the fact that AWB is able to make those changes and be there for all growers during these testing times is an example of the National Pool and Single Desk system coming to the fore,” said Mr Lindberg.
AWB has also confirmed that growers with feed wheat can fast-track their deliveries by agreeing to “voluntary downgrade”, whereby they can avoid the falling number test and have only the standard quality testing performed.
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