Industry conducts annual reviews of these standards and implements changes where appropriate to meet demands from end use markets.
From the 2019/20 harvest onwards, we will be removing wheat varieties to be in line with Wheat Quality Australia’s (WQA) Wheat Variety Master List.
From the 2019/20 harvest, the following wheat varieties that have been removed from the Wheat Variety Master List will be removed from our variety list. These varieties have not been received into our network for a year or more. If these varieties are delivered the highest grade they can achieve is feed. If you have any concerns about these varieties please contact your local Operations Manager.
|Varieties removed for 2019/20 harvest|
For the 2020/21 harvest, there are additional varieties which will be removed from the WQA Wheat Variety Master List and any deliveries of these varieties will be received as feed.
Some of the varieties in the table below have already been removed from WQA’s Master List; however, our data and feedback from growers indicate that they may be delivered this harvest. To give growers time to prepare, we will continue to receive these varieties in their current grade classification for the 2019/20 harvest and they will be removed for the 2020/21 harvest.
|Varieties removed for 2020/21 harvest|
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WQA is an independent company that classifies wheat varieties according to distinct quality attributes. It is responsible for maintaining and growing the reputation of Australian wheat as a high quality product.
WQA records its classifications in the annual Master List, which contains new varieties approved by the Wheat Classification Panel and approved by the WQA board. Varieties can also be reclassified or removed from the list.
WQA annually reviews the Master List and may continue to remove varieties. Viterra will transition to only receiving varieties on WQA’s Wheat Variety Master List in the future. Please review the list at wheatquality.com.au when retaining or purchasing seed or contact your local Operations Manager.
Due to potential market access restrictions in some importing countries for Spartacus and Scope malt barley varieties with IMI chemicals applied, Viterra will be implementing a declaration process through the delivery advice and declaration book. Growers will be asked to declare if they have applied IMI chemicals to their barley on the delivery advice and declaration form.
Spartacus and Scope varieties that have had IMI applied will still be received as a malting barley grade provided the load meets all other quality requirements.
Viterra has decided to implement a declaration for Scope and Spartacus deliveries based on our planting survey results, which indicated that two thirds of growers had applied, or intended to apply, IMI.
This declaration is critical to assist Viterra with managing stock with IMI applied, to help us ensure we meet end use customer needs and importing countries maximum residue limits (MRL).
Viterra is continuing to monitor the discussion occurring between industry, government and importing country authorities on market access requirements and market acceptance of IMI applied barley.
We will send the new version of the delivery advice and declaration book to all barley growers that have delivered barley in the last two seasons. The previous versions can still be used when growers deliver other commodities.
If a load of Scope or Spartacus barley variety is presented without a declaration, the grower or carrier presenting the load will be required to obtain information to complete the delivery.
If you have questions regarding how Viterra will receive your barley, please contact your local Operations Manager.
From the 2019/20 harvest, all previous feed barley grades delivered to Viterra will be received under Grain Trade Australia’s (GTA) new grade name, Barley1 and Barley2.
GTA has changed the name of feed barley grades to recognise and assist industry use of the grades for human consumption as well as stockfeed purposes.
GTA does not expect the change to impact the price offered for the grades, given the existing tolerances and standards will not change.
Grain delivered from the 2019/20 harvest onwards will now reflect the industry change and be received as:
This change will not affect how your grain is delivered, stored or segregated. Grade receival standards and specifications will remain the same. Malt barley grade names will remain the same.
The grade name will be updated on our website, Ezigrain, mobile app and other materials in the lead up to harvest.
Any other stock on hand prior to the commencement of the 2019/20 harvest will remain graded as F1, F2 etc.
For information on forward contracts, we recommend contacting your local grain marketer.
For questions regarding how Viterra will receive your barley, please contact your local Operations Manager.
Use of glyphosate on barley is no longer a permitted or registered treatment, after the permit for glyphosate use on barley expired on 31 July 2019.
Grain Producers Australia (GPA) has applied for an extension of the permit with the issuers; Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).
It is unknown if GPA’s application will be successful, or when a decision will be announced.
Growers need to ensure that a permit is reinstated prior to applying glyphosate to barley.
Viterra will advise growers if the permit application is successful.
If you have any questions regarding glyphosate applications to barley, please contact your local Operations Manager.
As advised in 2018, this harvest Viterra will only receive durum that has not had glyphosate applied.
Durum end use customers are increasingly providing us with feedback that they do not wish to purchase durum with glyphosate residue. In response to this, we have taken steps to ensure we maintain market access for South Australian durum in international markets.
From the 2019/20 harvest, if a load of durum has had glyphosate applied, the highest grade it can achieve is feed. Growers are required to declare glyphosate use on the delivery advice and declaration form and grower load samples will be retained for traceability purposes.
The Viterra laboratory will regularly test partition samples and use its traceability procedures if glyphosate is detected.
We continue to work closely with end use customers to ensure South Australian grain maintains market access.
If you have any questions regarding durum receivals with glyphosate applied, please contact your local Operations Manager.
Viterra is giving growers the opportunity to have their wheat and barley instantly upgraded this harvest. Expanding our dynamic binning service is part of Viterra’s ongoing focus to improve our services through continued investment in our supply chain and passing efficiency gains and cost savings directly to grower customers.
Dynamic binning will be available for wheat grades ASW1, APW1, H2 and H1, and barley Malt1 grades for Planet, Scope, Spartacus and Compass as well as BAR1 (previously F1).
Viterra has introduced barley dynamic binning following feedback from growers and the success of wheat dynamic binning, which provided significant value of approximately $6 million back to growers, and created efficiencies in the classification process due to less retests being required.
Dynamic binning provides growers with more flexibility to potentially access a higher grade for loads that are just outside of receival standards.
In addition to dynamic binning, we also provide a one per cent tolerance for moisture above Grain Trade Australia (GTA) receival standards on all wheat and barley deliveries, which has been in place for a number of years.
To receive a dynamic binning upgrade, the following four criteria need to be met:
Dynamic binning will be available at all Viterra sites with segregations for wheat grades ASW1, APW1, H2 or H1 and barley grade BAR1 (previously F1) and Malt1 grades for Planet, Scope, Spartacus and Compass.Growers will have the opportunity to have their wheat and barley upgraded for loads that are just outside of the receival standards.
Viterra’s dynamic binning is instant – the grade is printed on the ticket at site and is immediately available to transact.
Through dynamic binning, we are able to provide more value to growers, and at the same time continue to meet customers’ outturn requirements.
|H1||12.9 – 13.0%||5 – 6%||74 – 76 kg/hl|
|H2||11.2 – 11.5%||5 – 6%||74 – 76 kg/hl|
|APW1||10.2 – 10.5%||5 – 6%||74 – 76 kg/hl|
|ASW1||N/A||5 – 6%||74 – 76 kg/hl|
|Malt1||8.8 – 9.0% &
12.0 – 12.7%
|7 – 8%||64 – 65 kg/hl||68 – 70%|
|BAR1 (F1)||N/A||15 – 16%||60.5 – 62.5 kg/hl||N/A|
If the rolling stack average falls below the GTA receival standards for protein, screenings or test weight, then dynamic binning will not be available.
At all times we need to make sure the stack is running within the GTA standard to ensure outturning is not compromised.
Rolling stack averages are calculated on live running samples.
Every time a load goes in, the stack average adjusts.
The rolling stack averages are worked out differently for each type of storage. Smaller storages use less tonnes in the rolling stack average.
Tonnage used to calculate rolling average
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Viterra made a significant upgrade to its IT grain management system in 2018, which enables the quality of grain to be monitored closely in real time to ensure it meets outturn standards.
Through dynamic binning, we’ve been able to provide a valuable service to growers while also maintaining market access for South Australian grain and continuing to meet the high standards of end use customer requirements.
Viterra continues to offer growers a higher moisture standard for wheat and barley to 13.5%, which is above the GTA standard of 12.5%.
From time to time, Viterra will offer additional grade segregations that reflect particular customer specifications and may be for specific sites only.
A cleaning grade will continue to replace the Number 2 grade for lentils, providing greater flexibility for growers delivering into Viterra sites for the 2018/19 harvest.
The cleaning grade allows an increase in the maximum for total defective material to 11% and a higher tolerance for foreign seed contaminants.
Tonnage deduction will be applied on a sliding scale, outlined in the flyer below.
For each load of canola, growers will be required to declare on the Delivery Advice and Declaration Form, that none of the canola in the load is a genetically modified variety.
As South Australia has a moratorium on GM canola, Viterra only offers non-GM segregations and can only accept varieties of canola from the Australian Oilseeds Federation (AOF) approved list for non-GM varieties.
As part of the quality testing program, Viterra collects samples from all grower loads of canola delivered to site for GM and chemical residue testing. This is essential to ensure that canola quality meets the expectations of customers as well as state and federal legislation.
Each variety has different physical qualities, processing performance and end-product quality for customers and end-users.
Viterra participates in varietal identification programs where grower load samples will be randomly selected at sites across the Viterra network and tested to ensure varietal declarations have been correctly recorded.
This information is forwarded to relevant industry research groups and is used to establish appropriate codes of practice for the delivery of grain.
Viterra subscribes to the National Residue Survey (NRS) – a crucial part of the Australian system for managing risks of chemical residues in Australian food products.
To support this program, during harvest Viterra conducts chemical residue testing on composite partition samples. Viterra may also collect individual grower load samples for chemical residue traceability.
Growers play a critical role in upholding South Australia’s grain quality. When applying chemicals, at all times growers should adhere to:
If a breach to the Australian maximum residue limit (MRL) is detected, Viterra is obliged to provide its traceability results to Biosecurity South Australia which may trigger an investigation. Any breaches to Australian MRLs may also be followed up through Viterra’s contaminated grain process.
Information on the current Australian and international MRLs can be found on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resource’s website agriculture.gov.au
The Commodity Classification Transfer Procedure allows for a load classified at one site to be received at a second site while retaining its original classification (subject to nil tolerance contaminants or defects).
This transfer procedure applies when a commodity is presented to a site but the load is classified as a grade not being received at the site. A transfer can then be requested to deliver the load to an alternate site accepting that grade.
The grade on the commodity classification transfer will be in line with receival standards not accounting for the wheat dynamic binning tolerances. However, the load will be eligible for wheat dynamic binning at the transfer receival site provided the higher grade segregation is available, and the rolling stack average of the higher grade meets the receival standards.
Growers can utilise the commodity classification transfer procedure for port terminal deliveries where shipping grades are being accepted from upcountry sites. This will ensure that the load is within specification and will not be declined at port due to the lower grade not being accepted.
Loads being transferred do not have priority over other loads in the sampling queue.
If a nil tolerance contaminant or defect is found in the load at any stage of the receival process, the load will be declined.
The Classification Retest Procedure is used when a grower (or their representative) requests a retest for a quality parameter where the result is outside the anticipated grade for their load at the point of receival.
The classification retest procedure is in line with the GTA disputing classification technical guideline. This includes the quality parameters that can be disputed, the sample to be assessed and the allowable variation of the initial result from the standards limit.
The Shot or Sprouted Grain Classification Procedure is to be used if the classifier finds one shot barley kernel or one sprouted wheat kernel. The load will then be assessed using a Falling Number or Rapid Visco Analyser (RVA) machine and the result used to determine the grade.
Falling Number and RVA partition results are also monitored throughout harvest and could lead to testing each load regardless of visual assessment.