Scab Survey to Assess Management Practices

March 21, 2014 08:09 PM
Scab Survey to Assess Management Practices

There are several best management practices for limiting the occurrence of and damage from Fusarium head blight (FHB), better known simply as scab. The U.S. Wheat & Barley Scab Initiative (USWBSI) wants to know more about how those practices are being adopted. USWBSI contracted with the USDA–National Agricultural Statistics Service to formulate survey questions and mail the survey in late February to farmers in 17 wheat-producing states.

"Adoption of the full slate of scab management techniques is fragile, uneven and partial—particularly in the soft wheat region," says Christina Cowger, a USDA–Agricultural Research Service plant pathologist who organized the survey. "The survey will help us determine to what extent scab management practices are being used in each of the states—and what are the main barriers to implementing those practices."

The surveys, which are confidential and anonymous, will look at how scab is typically managed based on several factors, including farm size, market class of grains produced and major varieties grown. Results will be shared this summer with crop specialists in each of the states surveyed.
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