AWB International has upgraded the classification of six wheat varieties following the evaluation of quality data by the AWB International Variety Classification Panel at the October classification meeting.
The classification changes apply to the following varieties, and are relevant to the classification zones specified:
Livingston - Livingston, recently released by Australian Grain Technologies (AGT) and commercialised by AGT Seeds has been upgraded to Australian Hard (AH) in Queensland.
EGA Wills - EGA Wills, bred by Queensland DPI&F within the Enterprise Grains Australia (EGA) joint venture has been upgraded to Australian Hard (AH) for Northern New South Wales. EGA Wills is commercialised by Pacific Seeds.
Merinda - Merinda, developed by AGT and commercialised by AGT Seeds has been upgraded to Australian Hard (AH) in both Central and Southern New South Wales.
Bolac - Bolac is a long season wheat released by AGT and commercialised by Graintrust. It has been upgraded to Australian Prime Hard (APH) in southern New South Wales and to Australian Hard (AH) in South Australia.
Gladius - Gladius, released by Australian AGT and commercialised by AGT Seeds has been upgraded to Australian Hard (AH) in Southern New South Wales.
LongReach Lincoln - In Victoria, LongReach Lincoln has also been upgraded to Australian Hard (AH) from its temporary default classification of Australian Premium White (APW).
The wheat classification process categorises wheat varieties into commercial types or styles of wheat that are recognisable for its end use capabilities. This system underpins the segregation of wheat and delivers the consistent processing performance expected by end-users, which ultimately translates into premiums for growers.
In 2007 the AWB International classification panel has assessed 181 wheat varieties across the 7 classification region in Australia. Thirteen new varieties have been commercialised and released to growers during this time. Since 2004, when AWB International reconstituted its Variety Classification Panel, there has been a 30% increase in the number of varieties undergoing the classification process.
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