AWB today re-confirmed that the Calingiri noodle wheat variety will be accepted into the ASWN Pool in 2001/2002.
AWB Limited Western Region Manager, Peter Hobbs, said Calingiri is still accepted into the noodle segregation this year and will be for the 2002/2003 season. However, AWB will continue to assess its suitability in this segregation based on market requirements.
“AWB included Calingiri in the Noodle segregation to ensure the consistency of supply of noodle wheat out of Western Australia. We recognise that there must be a balance between having sufficient noodle wheat to meet the Japanese blend requirements and at the same time having varieties that perform from an agronomic perspective,” Mr Hobbs said.
Currently there are five wheat varieties received into the Noodle pool, Gamenya, Eradu, Cadoux, Arrino and Calingiri. Over the past two seasons there has been a swing towards the new varieties - Arrino and Calingiri - due to their superior agronomic qualities.
“Arrino is rated as one of the best Noodle varieties by our customers in terms of milling and eating quality. Of the five varieties, Calingiri is the least preferred variety by customers, however due to superior agronomic performance it has become very popular with growers. We need to strike a balance between agronomic performance and customer preferences,” Mr Hobbs said.
Mr Hobbs stressed that the industry needed to continually develop new Noodle varieties to ensure Australia improved its product quality and consistency whilst making Noodle wheat production a financially rewarding option for wheat growers.
AWB is currently working on variety recommendations for 2002/2003, and these will be sent to all wheat growers shortly. However, AWB can confirm that all existing Noodle wheat varieties, including Gamenya, Eradu, Cadoux, Arrino and Calingiri will be accepted into the ASWN Pool in 2002/2003.
For more information please contact:
Alana Wastle, AWB Public Affairs, on (03) 9209 2555 or 0407 310 250.