Noodle wheat growers with the Cadoux and Eradu varieties will have the opportunity to capture significant premiums for their grain through a special delivery contract with AWB National Pool.
AWB is offering a fixed premium above ASWN Pool returns for the two wheat varieties. For Cadoux, that premium is $25 per tonne, and for Eradu, $15/t.
General Manager AWB National Pool Sarah Scales said the wheat was destined for a specific customer in Asia, who has been able to extract premiums in their market using grain with a tighter varietal and quality specification.
"For the past three years AWB has worked closely with the customer to segregate and provide this specific wheat product, and through AWB National Pool, we are able to capture a premium and pass it back to growers," Ms Scales said.
"Our success in meeting the customer’s requirement is reflected in the fact that during that time, the levels of premium we have achieved has steadily increased.
"Premiums this year have been increased by a further $5/t compared to last year. For the four years we have offered this contract, the premium we have obtained for Cadoux has actually increased by $20/t," Ms Scales said.
Deliveries to the contract require protein between 9.5% and 11.5%, with a maximum of 5% screenings and 12.5% moisture. This year, AWB has reduced the minimum tonnage requirement for each contract from 100t, to 50t, in recognition of the difficult seasonal conditions.
Ms Scales said AWB had a total limited tonnage requirement for 8000t of Eradu and 12,000t of Cadoux.
"We will operate it as a first in, first served contract, and once we have obtained the required tonnages, the contract will be withdrawn," she said.
Ms Scales said Cadoux and Eradu had milling characteristics that made them suitable for the specific end-uses.
Interested growers should contract their local AWB regional office.