The notification of the review of old varieties on the Wheat Variety Master List was released on 17 March 2016.
The Wheat Variety Master List, which is produced annually by Wheat Quality Australia (WQA) contains new varieties approved by the Wheat Classification Panel and approved by the WQA Board.
The Wheat Classification Guidelines also requires an annual review of “old varieties” – these being varieties classified more than 10 years ago. Old varieties that comprise 0.1% or more of receivals in any zone will be retained on the Wheat Variety Master List provided there are no quality issues.
Varieties approved for removal from the Wheat Variety Master List will be highlighted at the time of release of the Master List in September, however can be delivered into the approved class for a further two years. After this time grain from these varieties will be received as “FEED”.
The below document identifies current varieties on the Wheat Variety Master List that are more than 10 years old, and where the variety comprises less than 0.1% of deliveries over the past four seasons.
WQA encourages all interested parties to review the old varieties proposed to be removed from the Wheat Variety Master List and advise if there are any that should be retained. Evidence should be provided to substantiate any variety that should be retained.
Responses are invited by 29 April 2016.