SE taps into low-gluten grain

SE taps into low-gluten grain

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Kebari barley has held up well to the wet season in the South East according to South Pacific Seeds Mount Gambier production manager Georgie Fitzgerald.

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NEW VARIETY: South Pacific Seeds Mount Gambier production manager Georgie Fitzgerald with Judy Childs, Kalangadoo, who was contracted to grow Kebari barley.

NEW VARIETY: South Pacific Seeds Mount Gambier production manager Georgie Fitzgerald with Judy Childs, Kalangadoo, who was contracted to grow Kebari barley.

Kebari barley has held up well to the wet season in the South East according to South Pacific Seeds Mount Gambier production manager Georgie Fitzgerald.

“A lot of growers are also growing Westminster and have treated both varieties with the same with fungicides and management practices,” she said.

"We are pleased to see how well Kebari has stood up to disease pressure and lodging this season.”

Ms Fitzgerald says SPS was interested in becoming a grain production partner to give its specialist vegetable seed growers another rotation option.

Growers will enjoy a premium to malting barley prices for the extra work, including using paddocks which have not grown cereals for two years and cleaning down their machinery prior to sowing and harvest.

WINNING BREW: CSIRO-bred Kebari barley has 10,000 times less gluten than normal barley. It is being used by German brewer Radeberger.

WINNING BREW: CSIRO-bred Kebari barley has 10,000 times less gluten than normal barley. It is being used by German brewer Radeberger.

ROTATION OPTION: Windrowed Kebari barley prior to harvest.

ROTATION OPTION: Windrowed Kebari barley prior to harvest.

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