Help Fight Fusarium

December 30, 2010 07:01 AM

Fusarium head blight (FHB), better known by the perfectly disgusting name “head scab” is a pain. wheat assessment toolThe disease causes significant yield loss and damaged grain is often contaminated with the mycotoxin deoxynivalenol (DON), commonly known as vomitoxin.

Variety resistance is one line of defense, but applying fungicides when weather conditions dictate is also important.  Enter the Fusarium Head Blight Risk Assessment Tool.
This multi-state effort provides daily estimates of disease risk for 25 states east of the Rocky Mountains. Stephen Wegulo, University of Nebraska-Lincoln plant pathologist notes that these kinds of prediction aids take considerable resources to maintain. Scientists involved in the project are trying to gather input from growers to justify the time, computing resources and funds needed to sustain the effort.
If you have used these tools during the 2010-growing season, please take a few minutes to complete this on-line survey that will help evaluate, improve, and maintain the system. 

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