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Grains Australia announces results of Malting Barley Evaluation Trials and the successful accreditation of the barley variety Buff

March 1, 2023

Grains Australia is pleased to announce the successful malt accreditation of the barley variety, Buff.
Buff was submitted by InterGrain and was accredited as Malting Barley following the evaluation trials conducted in association with the Malting and Brewing Industry Barley Technical Committee (MBIBTC) assessment, under the Grains Australia malting barley evaluation process.
Buff is an acid soil tolerant, high fermentability variety. Buff is intended to be grown in regions with acid soil in the lower rainfall districts of northern and central Western Australia, and south-western New South Wales. Growers looking for Buff seed in 2023 are encouraged to contact InterGrain. More information about the variety is also available on the InterGrain website.
As with all previous accreditations, the market will determine the success of this new variety. Grains Australia’s evaluation and accreditation process is recognised as the required standard for the determination of all new Australian malting barley varieties.
Megan Sheehy, General Manager, Classification for Grains Australia said, “We congratulate InterGrain and the people who have worked to bring this new variety to the marketplace.
“Grains Australia will continue to assist market adoption of these newly accredited varieties through our post-accreditation support program.”
The Accredited Malting Varieties table has been updated to reflect this new accreditation and the status of other varieties under evaluation. The Preferred Varieties table has also been updated.

Malting Barley Evaluation Update

The Grains Australia Barley Council has met to consider the recommendations from the Malting and Brewing Industry Barley Technical Committee (MBIBTC) for the various varieties currently under evaluation. 
Grains Australia took responsibility for all the technical functions associated with barley varietal classification, trade and market access, and information and education on behalf of the Australian barley industry following a merger with Barley Australia in May 2022.
Summary of results:
Varieties undergoing Stage Two Evaluation
Commodus CL (IGB1908T):  Insufficient grain was available to complete full evaluation in 2022 and will continue Stage Two evaluation in 2023.
Varieties undergoing Stage One Evaluation
Parcels of grain were pilot malted, as planned, to satisfy the requirements for Stage One.  

  • AGTB0244 has successfully completed Stage One evaluation and can now proceed into Stage Two commercial evaluation trials in 2023.
  • AGTB0318 has successfully completed Stage One evaluation and can now proceed into Stage Two commercial evaluation trials in 2023.
  • Zena CL (IGB20125T) has successfully completed Stage One evaluation and can now proceed into Stage Two commercial evaluation trials in 2023.

Varieties accepted into Accreditation Program

Grains Australia has accepted applications for three new varieties for malting barley evaluation. IGB22102T and IGB21130 have been submitted from InterGrain and Titan AX from Australian Grain Technologies (AGT). Each of these varieties has been accepted into Stage Zero. These varieties cover a range of adaptations and quality attributes, Titan AX contains novel CoAxium technology, resulting in tolerance to the Group 1 QPE grass selective herbicide and IGB22102T is an addition to the suite of imidazolinone barley varieties available to growers.
Sufficient grain parcels of two out of three varieties (IGB22102T and Titan AX) are available for the commencement of Stage One evaluation in 2023 (subject to final quality checks) and will be confirmed when final programming for the year is completed in the coming weeks.

For more information, please contact Megan Sheehy, General Manager, Classification at megan.sheehy@grainsaustralia.com.au.

More news from: Grains Australia Ltd.

Published: March 1, 2023

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