After rigorous classification process, AWB has upgraded the classification for wheat variety Wyalkatchem in South Australia, to Australian Premium White for the coming 2002/03 harvest.
Wyalkatchem, which was originally released by Agriculture Western Australia in August 2001, was previously been classified as Australian Standard White in SA, as it had not been fully evaluated for quality when grown in the state.
AWB Grain Development Manager Richard Williams said test results from BRI Australia through the National Wheat Quality Evaluation Program, and the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), had been evaluated by AWB and demonstrated the variety warranted upgrading.
"The testing process revealed that the higher APW classification was appropriate for Wyalkatchem, which is good news for SA growers of the variety," Mr Williams said.
Seed of Wyalkatchem is being commercialised by PlantTech Pty Ltd.
"AWB continually monitors the performance of individual wheat varieties as part of the rigorous classification process which involves comparing their individual quality, when grown in the target area, with the quality of established reference varieties at the relevant protein content," Mr Williams said.
AWB has also confirmed the Babbler variety will remain classified as Australian Premium White in South Australia for the 2002/03 harvest.
Babbler was released by New South Wales Agriculture in 2000, and was developed initially for southern NSW where it has an Australian Prime Hard classification.
"However, quality results supplied by Agrifood Technology and BRI Australia, via the National Wheat Quality Evaluation Program and SARDI, revealed the quality of Babbler is affected by the environment in which it is grown and consequently an Australian Premium White classification is appropriate in SA," Mr Williams said.
Seed of Babbler is being commercialised by PlantTech Pty Ltd.