August 14, 2013
Barley Australia has announced it has accredited four new varieties as malt standard. The four varieties are Grange, Henley, Scope and Westminster. Grange, which is distributed through Seedmark, is a variety for high rainfall zones and is designed as a replacement for the popular Gairdner variety. Henley, also bred by Seedmark, uses European germplasm and will have a fit replacing the Baudin variety. The Grainsearch variety Westminster already has malt accreditation in Great Britan and will be mainly grown in high rainfall environments, while Scope barley, from Seednet, had already been popular in some areas, even without malt accreditation as it is a Clearfield variety, making it useful for herbicide rotations. Barley Australia executive chairman Andrew Gee said malting accreditation required a two-part process.