WA Growers Worst Affected by Test Weight Increase
Grain Trade Australia’s (GTA) proposed test weight increase from 74 kg/hL to 76 kg/hL by the 2013/14 harvest has caused significant concern amongst the grain producing community. Over 500 grain producers voiced their concern in a recent GrainGrowers survey, with Western Australian (WA) grain producers showing signs of being the worst affected by the proposed increase.
For the 2011/12 wheat harvest, GrainGrowers monitored the test weights of samples received from WA producers for the GrainGrowers National Wheat Quality and Variety Report 2011/12.
"The results for WA showed that with the current test weight of 74 kg/hL that 6.2% of the WA wheat samples received would not have met the standard. Based on last year’s deliveries this would equate to over 1 million tonnes being downgraded in WA," commented GrainGrowers Western Australian Field Officer, Ray Morgan.