[ASC-media] GRDC HELPS WRITE CEREAL STORY: Crop Doctor
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Barley is the cereal story on everyones lips in WA and the Grains
Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is helping write its next
chapter by supporting projects to value-add its development.
The projects are undertaking research, extension and industry development
activities to underpin the growth of WAs $460 million export barley crop,
which will hopefully lead to increased exports to Chinese, Japanese and
South East Asian beer markets.
More malting barley will also assist Joe White Maltings, which recently
spent $46 million upgrading its WA malthouse.
Officially opening the new facility, Agriculture and Food Minister, Kim
Chance said he expected barley to become as commonly grown as wheat in
WA due to its lucrative financial incentives.
Mt Madden grower and Western Region Barley Council Chairman, Steve Tilbrook
put an even stronger case for barleys future, saying it was already very
And during the GRDC Western Panel spring tour, central wheatbelt growers
expressed their desire for a malt barley variety for low rainfall areas.
GRDC supported researcher, Blakely Paynter of the Department of Agriculture
and Food said the renewed funding of these projects aim to allow more
growers to increase yields, manage input costs and successfully grow malt
Of course, while growers now have more malting and feed barley variety
options, which offer opportunities to increase grain yield, if their malting
barley varieties dont meet strict receival specifications, it will be
downgraded to feed at the bin, reducing the price they are paid.
Worth $1.4 million over the next three years, the two GRDC projects aim to
provide growers with the information to meet the specifications for malting,
feed and shochu barley products.
Mr Paynter said the projects would trial malt and feed varieties to
determine their weaknesses and strengths to help build variety specific
management guidelines and provide information on when and where a particular
barley variety should be sown.
The Crop Doctor is GRDC Managing Director, Peter Reading, Tel 02 6272 5525
Further Information: Blakely Paynter, Tel 08 9690 2115
GRDC REF: CDNov064.doc/DAW00148/DAW00149/Angus
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