| ||Yitpi to be upgraded in WA for 2002/03|| ||
AWB Limited has announced that the wheat variety Yitpi will be accepted as Australian Hard in Western Australia for next harvest - 2003/04.
AWB Grain Development Manager, Richard Williams said AWB had announced the upgrade now so growers are able to make fully informed decisions regarding their wheat varieties selection for next season.
"Yitpi was initially released by the Waite Institute Wheat Breeding Unit and South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) in 1999, and has recently been fully evaluated for quality when grown in Western Australia," said Mr Williams.
"Samples from the past three harvests have been tested by the WA Department of Agriculture and Agrifood Technology. These have been evaluated by AWB, and the results demonstrate that Yitpi warrants upgrading from its current classification of Australian Premium White (APW).
"Yitpi has large grain size and good milling performance at Australian Hard protein levels, combined with strong dough characteristics. Yitpi produces the quality flours for bread making and yellow alkaline noodles that international customers expect," Mr Williams said.
As part of its crop shaping function for the National Pool, AWB is developing guidelines for industry on veracity of data, samples & laboratory results, format of information, "indicative" classifications, greater rigour for specialty classes, and dissemination for future wheat classifications.
The new guidelines, which are to be ready for full implementation in 2004, are one of the outcomes of a recent AWB National Pool forum involving wheat breeders and seed commercialisers. The forum also provided an opportunity for AWB National Pool, and the Australian wheat breeding industry, to discuss emerging trends in the international market, and to ensure Australia’s future wheat varieties are meeting the increasingly discerning needs of its international customers.