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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