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GIWA Barley Council

2020/21 Harvest - Western Australia Malt Barley Varietal Recommendations

Download the Western Australian malt barley varietal receival recommendations for the 2020 harvest, drafted at the GIWA Barley Rationalisation open industry meeting in Perth on 4th July 2019.

These recommendations are a guide only for the WA malt barley supply chain. They are subject to export malt barley marketers and maltsters’ feedback, grower estimates, MBIBTC malt barley varietal accreditation decisions by Barley Australia and commercial and seasonal segregation decisions by bulk handlers.

Industry consultation to rationalise malt barley varieties in the bulk handling system in Western Australia is a pre-competitive process facilitated by the GIWA Barley Council and CBH, with assistance from Bunge, maltsters Cargill Malt and BBM, and GIWA supply chain members including grain marketers, agronomists, farm business advisors, grower groups, growers and plant breeders.

GIWA WA Malt Barley Variety Receival Recommendations for 2020_21 Harvest GIWA WA Malt Barley Variety Receival Recommendations for 2020_21 Harvest (720 KB)

Previous recommendations from the July 2018 GIWA Barley Rationalisation Meeting can be found in the below pdf.

GIWA WA Malt Barley Variety Receival Recommendations for 2019_20 Harvest GIWA WA Malt Barley Variety Receival Recommendations for 2019_20 Harvest (2641 KB)

GIWA welcomes feedback to:

Lyndon Mickel, Chair GIWA Barley Council, 0427 766 029,
Will Piercey, Country Quality Manager CBH, 0429 109 604,
Larissa Taylor, CEO GIWA, 0413 076 665, 

APVMA emergency use permit #82594 for late season application of glyphosate over barley (except malting barley) extended to 30 April 2020

On 2nd November 2016 the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority or government regulator, known as the APVMA approved the minor use permit (#82594) for two Nufarm glyphosate products for late growing season application of glyphosate over feed barley to kill weeds before grain harvest.

This permit was held by grower organisation Grain Producers Australia and expired on 31st July 2019.  Since then the permit has been extended to 30 April 2020.

The Australian grain industry treats the management of agricultural chemicals in the grain supply chain with the utmost seriousness. For further information on chemical residues please go to the Activities/Chemical Residues page of the GIWA website.


The GIWA Barley Council runs two or three public forums each year for the Western Australian barley value chain to discuss latest developments in consumer preferences, marketing, malting, breeding, research, agronomy & extension, variety rationalisation, variety accreditation, standards and MRLs. The GIWA Barley Autumn Forum is typically held in Perth in the third week of March, the GIWA Barley Rationalisation Meeting in the first or third week of July, and the GIWA Barley Spring Forum in late August (spring) in a regional location with field walks.

Representatives of the trade, maltsters and brewers, Barley Australia, the malt barley technical accreditation committee the MBIBTC (brewers and maltsters), the tertiary research sector, GRDC, DPIRD, the National Working Party on Grain Protection, the Grain Industry Market Access Forum, the National Residue Survey, the Australian Export Grain Innovation Centre, plant breeders, farm business advisors, agronomists, grower groups, and growers regularly participate in these fora.

Next event is the 2019 GIWA Barley Spring Field Walk Sunday 8th overnight Monday 9th September (immediately before the Australian Barley Technical Symposium in Perth on 9th-12th September). The field walk includes visits to trials Cunderdin, Tammin and back via York and the Pilot Malting Australia facility at Edith Cowan University.

GIWA Barley Spring Fieldwalk 2019 GIWA Barley Spring Fieldwalk 2019 (312 KB)

GIWA Barley Council Chair: Mr Lyndon Mickel, Esperance Grower, +61 427 766 029
GIWA CEO: Larissa Taylor, Grain Industry Association of Western Australia + 61 413 076 665