The Wheat Classification Council (WWC) is urging growers to help drive classification and simplify the industry by removing under-performing wheat varieties as the Council plans to declassify and take off the market up to 500 varieties grown in Australia.
The WWC is attempting to create a more efficient and effective industry by removing old wheat varieties that fall outside of the main bulk of grain harvested in Australia.
WWC Chariman, Robert Sewell said the Australian wheat industry had to ensure they had the right varieties coming through and were sending the right market signals to cereal breeders to guarantee specific breeds were being grown, classified and marketed to important overseas customers.
Mr Sewell said they were updating their master list and new varieties of wheat would be classified with a shelf life of ten years, after which breeders would need to resubmit their variety for testing and possible reclassification.
Exceptions will be made in some states for popular older varieties such as Wyalkatchem which makes up about 30% of wheat grown in WA.