The following information is a Web Extra from the pages of Farm Journal. It corresponds with the article "Disease Defense" You can find the article in Farm Journal's Mid-February 2012 issue.
Fusarium head blight or head scab is caused by the fungus Fusarium graminearum. The disease causes tremendous losses by reducing grain yield and quality in many wheat production regions east of the Rocky Mountains.
The goal of this experimental predictive system is to help growers assess the risk of Fusarium head blight in their region. Major outbreaks of Fusarium head blight are associated with specific weather patterns prior flowering of the wheat crop.
Researchers at Penn State University, Ohio State University, Kansas State University, Purdue University, North Dakota State University, and South Dakota State University have worked together to developed models that predict the risk of a major epidemic (greater than 10% field severity) based on observed weather patterns.
Access the Wheat Fusarium Head Blight Prediction Center