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AWB Limited has upgraded its variety classification for Strzelecki from its provisional status of Australian Premium White, to Australian Hard in southern New South Wales.
AWB General Manager Grain Technology Andrew McConville said the new classification would apply from this harvest, following recent quality evaluation of Strzelecki samples.
“Trials from the 2001/02 harvest showed Strzelecki performing consistently across a range of protein levels, with generally good milling quality,” he said.
“The variety also offers other quality features such as high flour paste quality, good flour water absorption and good baking quality.
“Unfortunately, Strzelecki also has some shortcomings, which include weak and inextensible dough properties, and less than ideal yellow alkaline noodle performance - the latter being an important requirement for Prime Hard classification,” Mr McConville said.
Mr McConville said the quality of Strzelecki was clearly affected by its growing environment, and while the variety managed to meet the Prime Hard requirements in Queensland and Northern NSW, in southern NSW the variety did not meet those standards.
“We must also stress that this reclassification will only apply to deliveries to sites in the "old" Silo Group South, and not those affected by the recent boundary change,” Mr McConville said.
In the "old" Silo Group North Strzelecki will still be classified Prime Hard for the coming 2002/03 harvest.”