| ||Kennedy classification for 2004/05|| ||
AWB has confirmed that wheat variety Kennedy will be classified as Feed in the Central New South Wales region from the 2004/05 harvest, due to quality concerns in cooler wheat growing regions.
Kennedy was first released in 1997, and classified by AWB as Prime Hard in Queensland and northern NSW. However, due to quality concerns the release of Kennedy was accompanied by the recommendation that it should not be grown south of Dubbo in NSW
The quality issues relate to Late Maturing Alpha Amylase (LMAA), a defect initiated by cool temperatures during ripening that causes similar quality problems to those normally associated with sprouted grain.
The twenty-one sites making up the central zone are all south of Dubbo.
LMAA is a serious quality fault that has the potential to impact both sellers and users of wheat, as without load by load testing, it cannot be detected. To protect the integrity of the APH segregation in NSW, the variety will only be accepted as Feed in the Central NSW receivals zone.
Kennedy currently retains a Prime Hard classification in Queensland and northern NSW. However AWB will continue to monitor the susceptibility of Kennedy in those northern regions, and if deliveries show any evidence of LMAA, AWB will have no option but to move to downgrade it.