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These premiums are set to rise as export demand from Asia grows for Bass, which was commercially released by the InterGrain and Syngenta collaboration three years ago.
According to CBH Barley Trading Manager Trevor Lucas, the variety is now being specified on malting barley tenders coming forward.
“Customers are currently requesting Bass on their tenders for 2015 malting and brewing requirements, with premiums paid at equivalent values to traditional, high quality malting varieties,” Mr Lucas said.
Kojonup grain grower, Simon Zacher first started growing the variety three years ago and said this season Bass was the highest yielding variety on-farm, averaging a yield of over 5t/Ha and all of it achieving Malt1 classification.
“It really was pouring in,” Mr Zacher said. “The chaser bin had trouble keeping up.
“We’re lucky because Bass is a great fit agronomically for the Kojonup area and we also have a segregation.
“Market acceptance has been good which makes it worthwhile to grow. We will be growing all Bass next year.”
CBH Grain has supplied large quantities to key Asian malsters and brewers as well as SABMiller, one of the world’s largest brewers.
Bass is now also one of three WA varieties recommended for bulk production in the 2014/15 season by CBH Grain.
Approximately 100,000 tonnes of Bass were received in malting specification last season and increasing Bass production in WA is a significant opportunity for both growers and CBH, as varieties with high starch degrading enzyme levels is a fundamental requirement of the Asian brewing market.
The InterGrain and Syngenta collaboration strongly encourages farmer-to-farmer trade to enable growers to plant larger volumes of seed in their first year growing Bass. The Bass Barley Seed WA Sales Permit Agreement can be downloaded from the InterGrain or Syngenta websites.
Syngenta’s Head of Cereals Australasia, Ben Miles, said it is expected that demand for barley varieties with better disease resistance and good yields will grow strongly in WA.
“A barley variety that produces good yields, is simple to manage and has growing demand in developing international markets ticks a lot of boxes for growers.”
Bass is best suited to the medium to higher rainfall areas of WA. It provides high yields and offers an effective disease resistance profile while maintaining equivalent malting quality characteristics to Baudin, the international benchmark.
Bass was one of the first barley varieties to be commercialised under the partnership formed between Syngenta and InterGrain in 2012. Under the partnership agreement, Syngenta and InterGrain collaborate on breeding, germplasm exchange and commercialisation to create marketleading barley varieties for growers across Australia.