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FARM ONLINE | Falling numbers test remains only option for growers with sprouted wheat

FARMERS are being warned that while there are frustrations with the falling numbers test used to simulate wheat's viability for use in baking there will be no alternative in the immediate future.

This season grain quality is again going to be an issue due to the wet conditions in the lead up to harvest and it is expected that falling numbers testing will be required at sites right across the country.

Grain Producers Australia research and development spokesperson Andrew Weidemann said the test had a bad reputation among growers, who felt it often unfairly pushed them into lower price classifications, but said in reality the opposite applied.

"Without the falling numbers we would see all visually sprouted wheat heading into the feed bin," Mr Weidemann said.

"It's very frustrating for growers as the results can vary massively from sample to sample, but at present it is the best we have got to work with."


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