AWB National Pool has made a number of adjustments to the Wheat Receival Standards for the coming harvest, as part of its ongoing effort to improve the quality of the Australian wheat offering.
General Manager AWB International Sarah Scales said the changes had been made to a number of grades and associated binning lines, in an effort to balance customers’ requirements with the flexibility to cope with seasonal and regional variations.
Ms Scales said the changes had been made following consultation with growers through the Grains Council of Australia, as well as with major industry participants, including bulk handlers, the Flour Millers Council and stock feed manufacturers.
“AWB National Pool manages the Wheat Receival Standards so that Australian farmers can maximise the value of the wheat within the international market place,” Ms Scales said.
“We have sought to make these adjustments in a manner that allows us to accommodate regional and season variances, and which minimises the costs through the supply chain,” Ms Scales said.
Ms Scales said the specific adjustments to Wheat Receival Standards were designed to improve the quality of the respective Pools, making them a more marketable stand-alone product, (allowing AWB to capture and increase achievable premiums), and in the case of some grades, making them more conducive to blending.
Changes to receival standards differed slightly between states to reflect the type of wheat grown in the different regions, as well as the crop profile and seasonal conditions.
AWB is also working to address a number of other specific issues for future harvests. Ms Scales said AWB’s quality testing and feedback from customers had highlighted that “Unmillable Material Above the Screen” was an issue in some areas, and flagged a potential tightening of standards in the future.
Also identified as a potential issue, was the level of barley found in durum deliveries in South Australia. While AWB has not made changes to the durum Wheat Receival Standards for 2004/05, Ms Scales said growers were encouraged to use clean seed.
For information on Wheat Receival Standards, growers can check consult their local regional office, call the AWB Grower Service Centre on 1800 054 433.
Wheat Receival Standards for all states:
AWB Utility Hard (AUH) - a number of adjustments have been made to the AUH pay grade and corresponding AUH2 binning line:
- Screenings - 10% maximum (previously 15%)
- Falling Number - 250 seconds minimum (previously 300 seconds)
- “Unmillable Material Above the Screen” - 1.2% maximum (previously 2.6%)
- Other Non-Objectionable Material - 0.1% maximum (previously 0.2%)
- Head Blight Affected Grains - 1% maximum (previously 2%)
AWB Utility Wheat (AUW) - AWB has introduced the AUW pay grade (previously called GUW) and the associated AUW1 binning line (previously called GUW1). The grade will be based on AGP1 specifications with higher tolerances for the following characteristics:
- Field Fungi Affected Grains – 5 by count per half litre maximum
- Screenings - 15% maximum
- Unmillable Material Above the Screen - 2.6% maximum.
AWB General Purpose (AGP) - maximum screenings will now be 10% (previously 15%), while deliveries with screenings up to 15% will be eligible for the AUW pay grade.
Further changes to the 2004/05 Wheat Receival Standards specific to Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia include:
AWB Premium White (APW) - the APW binning line (APW1) will now have a protein minimum of 10.5% (previously 10%). However, there will be no change to the APW pay grade where the protein base rate remains at 10%. This change will increase the quality of APW making it more competitive in the international marketplace, and improve the total value to the APW pay grade.
Further changes to the 2004/05 Wheat Receival Standards specific to Western Australia include:
AWB Standard White Noodle (ASWN) - AWB has fixed the protein window at 9.5%-11.5% (previously 9.2% -11.8%). The Dynamic Binning Strategy (DBS) rules will no longer apply on the binning line ANW1, and deliveries outside the protein window will be binned and paid as ASW (provided all other criteria are met).
AWB Premium Noodle (APN) - this new pay grade has been introduced this year as a pilot program in response to customer preferences for Arrino and Cadoux. These two varieties, which will attract a fixed $10/t premium over the ASWN pay grade for 2004/05. Specifications are based on the ASWN pay grade and these varieties will continue to be binned with other noodle varieties in the ANW1 binning line.
AWB Soft Wheat (ASF1) - the only change to the ASF1 pay grade is to the Falling Number minimum, which is now 250 seconds (previously 300 seconds). The DBS rules will no longer apply for protein on the SFT1 binning line, with the maximum protein set at 9.5%, similar to the SFT2 binning line. DBS for screenings has been removed from the SFT2 binning line, with the maximum set at 10%. As per previous years, deliveries which don’t meet ASF1 pay grade specifications will be paid as AGP.