Classification and Crop Shaping
GRDC Advisor Updates -Goondiwindi
Wheat Product Development Manager
Why does AWB conduct classification?
Categorisation of varieties into a type/style that is recognised for end use capabilities.
Detailed knowledge of world market and customer requirements is required.
Classification impacts the marketability of a grade.
Agronomic performance is not considered.
Industry change has required clarification of AWB classification process to ensure transparency.
Breeding targets and advice for breeding programs
Formal process commences at least 3 years prior to final classification
Addition of 3 recognised industry specialists
GCA observer at first meeting
Formal meetings four times per year
Decisions made by consensus – No Voting
Appeal process including GCA chair
The Current Requirements
Quality data from
At least three seasons
At the targeted class protein level
Compared with established control varieties for that targeted class
Suitable end product evaluation
Samples need to be from target growing region
National Pool vision is …
share of South East and North Asian markets to 60% of Australian exports by 2007/08
Currently around 35-40%
NTE’s & US/Canada developing Hard White wheats
Asian markets trade off US PNW pricing values
Middle East & Africa trade off US Gulf pricing values
PNW historically trades at a premium
Australia has a freight advantage
To assist this vision …
The balance of APH
QLD & NNSW maintain noodle, improve bread quality
Much more strength for SNSW
Improve quality of AH/APW in VIC, SA
Improve quality of AH/APW in WA
production of soft grained wheats
Traditional & WW/SWW competitor quality types
Improve the colour of Noodles