Fusarium rule change applauded

Cereal and seed organizations are hailing the province’s decision to remove fusarium graminearum from the Pest Nuisance Control Regulation of the Agricultural Pests Act.

“This news has been a long time coming,” said Alberta Wheat chair Todd Hames. “FHB (fusarium head blight) is well established in Alberta and since it’s spread through airborne spores, we know that zero tolerance policies are not effective.

The change “will allow farmers to focus on real risk factors to better manage the disease,” said Alberta Seed Processors president Tom Coppock.

Both organizations are part of the fusarium head blight working group, which is in the process of launching a website (managefhb.ca) detailing best practices for fusarium control.

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