New udon wheats released

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Jenne BrammerThe West Australian
David Meharry of Intergrain looks at one of the new varieties.
Camera IconDavid Meharry of Intergrain looks at one of the new varieties. Credit: The West Australian

Two new udon noodle wheat varieties will this week be released by Intergrain, ready for the 2015 season.

To be unveiled at the Liebe Group Field Day on Thursday, the two new releases mark the first new udon varieties available to WA growers since 2009.

Designed as alternatives to Calingiri and Arrino, released in 1997, the new varieties offer yield improvements of 5-10 per cent over their predecessors.

Intergrain WA territory manager David Meharry said the alternative to Calingiri is designed to have a yield equivalent to Mace, while providing improved disease resistance, in particular for yellow spot.

The second new variety is described by Intergrain as a "supercharged Arrino alternative", also offering improved yield potential, yield quality and rust resistance.

This variety performs best in medium to high rainfall zones.

"Growers have been eager to see new varieties for some time as the higher yield potential obviously leads to higher farm profits," Mr Meharry said.

According to Australian Export Grain Innovation Centre, Japan and Korea import about 850,000 tonnes of noodle wheat each year from WA.

But some growers have turned away from noodle wheat, opting instead for high-yield hard wheat varieties.

The new noodle varieties could win back growers.

AEGIC program leader for market requirements and opportunities, Matt Yamamoto, said whether this was the case would depend upon the agronomic performance and fit of the new varieties.

He said it was important that WA wheat growers ensured a continuous supply of ANW to meet market requirements.

"It is necessary to look at all parts of the noodle wheat value chain, including market structure, production and the breeding program," Mr Yamamoto said.

_One of the new noodle varietiues has made the 2014 Wheat Variety Master List, released last week by Wheat Quality Australia chairman Don Plowman. _

The list contains the names and highest possible grade for current wheat varieties approved by Australia's wheat classification process.

Released in September each year, it forms part of each season's Grain Trade Australia Wheat Standards.

The WQA 2014-2015 Wheat Variety Master List is available from the WQA website at .

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