Following the first meeting of its recently reconstituted Variety Classification Panel, AWB National Pool this week finalised varietal classification for four wheat varieties in Queensland and NSW.
The four varieties – GBA Sapphire, Ellison, Rees and Drysdale – were reviewed among a total of 39 wheat lines as part of AWB National Pool’s rigorous classification system, which was last year boosted by the addition of three external experts to the Variety Classification Panel.
The external appointments were part of an effort to improve the transparency of the crop shaping and classification process, and stemmed from the recommendations of an independent review initiated by AWB National Pool last year.
As part of the evaluation process, the Varietal Classification Panel has made the following classifications:
The Panel confirmed the previous Australian Prime Hard (APH) classification for both Queensland and Northern NSW would remain for GBA Sapphire. This was based on supplementary samples from the 2003/04 crop that confirmed the variety’s good all-round milling and end product performance.
The Panel confirmed an APH classification for Ellison in Queensland, which had been previously classified only for Northern NSW. Ellison exhibits excellent milling quality, which together with its water absorption, dough strength and satisfactory performance in the very demanding sponge and dough bread making process, warrants an APH classification.
Rees has previously had an Australian Hard (AH) classification for Queensland, and this same classification will apply in Northern NSW. This line has exceptional yellow alkaline noodle qualities, however it’s milling and baking qualities do not warrant an APH classification.
The Panel also considered the AH classification for Drysdale for the recently formed Central NSW classification zone. Drysdale had been previously classified as AH in Southern NSW, and while samples were unavailable for the northern region, tests undertaken on samples from sites in the central zone readily confirmed it’s AH classification.