Optimising the quality and yield of spelt under organic production in SE Australia

R Neeson, Jeffrey Evans, V Burnett, David Luckett, C Wellings, Helen Taylor, Harsh Raman, E Van Meeuwen, P. Bowden

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Spelt (Triticum aestivum var. spelta), an ancient relative of modern bread wheat, is one of the oldest cultivated grains. Organically produced spelt is in high demand in the health food industry due to its nutritional, milling and taste attributes. However, supply constraints are frustrating industry expansion. Our research aims to identify new and higher yielding cultivars of spelt, better adapted to organic production and which exhibit superior quality attributes. Trials conducted during 2006 - 2007 at Cootamundra and Yanco in SW NSW and Rutherglen in Nth Victoria, evaluated the agronomic and quality characteristics of 20 spelt genotypes (from an initial selection of 82) compared to reference crops of common wheat, barley and triticale, when grown in an organic production system. Results showed differences between the agronomic indicators (phosphorus uptake, disease response, maturity, and yield) and quality (milling) characteristics between spelt genotypes and reference crops.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication14th AAC
Subtitle of host publicationGlobal issues. Paddock action
EditorsM. Unkovich
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherThe Regional Institute Ltd.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)1920842349
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event14th Australian Agronomy Conference - Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 21 Sep 200825 Sep 2008


Conference14th Australian Agronomy Conference

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    Neeson, R., Evans, J., Burnett, V., Luckett, D., Wellings, C., Taylor, H., Raman, H., Van Meeuwen, E., & Bowden, P. (2008). Optimising the quality and yield of spelt under organic production in SE Australia. In M. Unkovich (Ed.), 14th AAC: Global issues. Paddock action (pp. 1-5). The Regional Institute Ltd..