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.
|Title of host publication||14th AAC|
|Subtitle of host publication||Global issues. Paddock action|
|Place of Publication||Australia|
|Publisher||The Regional Institute Ltd.|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
|Event||14th Australian Agronomy Conference - Adelaide, Australia|
Duration: 21 Sep 2008 → 25 Sep 2008
|Conference||14th Australian Agronomy Conference|
|Period||21/09/08 → 25/09/08|
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..