Cropping

Barley is approved

By Country News

RGT Planet spring barley has received malting accreditation approval from Barley Australia.

Seed Force group managing director Bruce Garrett said the announcement was a win for Aussie farmers.

‘‘It will give Australian growers greater confidence in the value of planting RGT Planet, which has performed above expectations around the country, even under some very trying conditions,’’ Mr Garrett said.

‘‘It is a positive outcome for the production of high-value crops that have strong local and export market potential.’’

RAGT new markets director Samuel Gaste said the accreditation provided a wonderful opportunity for Australian growers.

‘‘RGT Planet is the world’s first global barley variety with trials, production and processing in more than 44 countries across Europe, North and South America and Africa,’’ Mr Gaste said.

‘‘It has the capacity to adjust to its environment and deliver high yield and good quality malt wherever it is grown, bringing genetic diversity to the Australian malting market for the benefit of the whole industry.

‘‘With its global profile, we believe it has the potential to lift the size of the whole malting barley market, so that more high quality Australian barley can find a high value home.’’