As part of Wheat Quality Australia’s ongoing work to improve the competitiveness of Australia’s wheat industry, nine newly classified wheat varieties, four feed varieties, and five milling varieties have been announced in the 2020 WQA Wheat Variety Master List – along with the removal of 10 old wheat varieties first flagged for removal in 2018.
The 2020 List introduces: LRPB Stealth, Rockstar, BASF Ascot, Bitalli, Westcourt, HAW1, HAW2, HAW3 and RGT Ivory.
These new releases contain varieties classified in the Hard classes APH, AH and APW; Noodle AH(N); Durum ADR and Feed.
In the Western Zone there are a number of upgrades this year, including: Catapult and LRPB Kittyhawk to AH. With the decision to segregate APW(N) a number of varieties have been upgraded to have the noodle classification added to their existing Hard Class, including Sheriff to APW(N) and Vixen to AH(N). LRPB Nighthawk has also been upgraded to APW in the Western Zone.
Of particular interest to WA growers will be the planned removal of the once popular variety, Calingiri from the 2022 Master List. This change has been the subject of an extensive consultation and communication process to ensure alternative lines of better-quality varieties have been made available in time for this removal, giving the market time to adjust.
WQA Chairman Dr Don Plowman said Calingiri was classified in 1997 as an ANW variety in the Western Zone.
“At the time it was the only agronomically competitive variety that could be used to develop the Japanese noodle market,” Dr Plowman said.
“The variety was reviewed in 2017 and while having competitive agronomic characteristics, there was persistent concern being expressed by the Japanese manufacturers around the quality of Calingiri. In fact it was never preferred by the Japanese customers as the colour was too pale.
“A commitment was made to WA growers that Calingiri would not be removed until we were completely sure that there was an appropriate replacement that ticked the two most important boxes – an improvement from a quality point of view and that it also met grower needs, to ensure a good supply.
“At the request of GIWA in 2018, and on behalf of all sectors of the wheat industry in WA, WQA was requested to delay the removal of Calingiri, for three years, until recently commercialised varieties with superior quality attributes, were proven agronomically.
“Since then a number of varieties have been released and are now widely grown including Supreme, Zen, Ninja and Kinsei to meet this specialty market. The area planted to Calingiri has also declined significantly.
“There has been a clear response from grains industry sectors in WA that as Calingiri is no longer the only agronomically competitive variety, it should now be removed from the Master List.
“WQA has accepted the advice and agreed to the removal of Calingiri after two more harvests, from the September 2022 Master List. If it is delivered to a grain receival point after this date, it will only be received as feed.”
Dr Plowman said this was a good example of how the industry continues to collaborate to ensure the quality and competitiveness of Australian wheat worldwide.
The 10 varieties removed from the Wheat Variety Master List in 2020/21 were first flagged for removal in 2018, and delivered in their existing class up until 2019 – they have now been removed after lengthy consultation with the industry.
Varieties planned for removal in 2021 include: Blade, Clearfield JNZ, Clearfield STL, Pugsley, Tammarin Rock, Binnu, LRPB Bullet, Yandanooka, Zulu, Zebu, Frelon, Zippy, Bumper, and Endure.
Varieties planned for removal in 2022 include: Batavia, Anlace, Marombi, Barham, LRPB Hornet, Sunvex, Waagan, and Fang as well as Calingiri.
WQA continues to work closely with all sectors of the Australian wheat industry to ensure the quality attributes for each class of wheat are well aligned with end use market requirements.
The WQA 2020/21 Wheat Variety Master List is now available from the WQA website at www.wheatquality.com.au. It is also published in the Grain Trade Australia Wheat Standards at www.graintrade.org.au. For further information on the management of Old Varieties on the Master List, please contact WQA, GIWA or CBH.
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