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Producers should use fungicide when there is an elevated risk of FHB,

DON a growing economic threat

Grain buyers are increasingly on the lookout for deoxynivalenol (DON), and producers need to take steps to “keep Canada’s markets open for all,” says Cereals Canada. “Domestic processors and export customers are increasingly testing shipments for mycotoxins,” said spokesperson Brenna Mahoney. “Shipments that exceed acceptable levels of DON could be rejected, which is a tremendous […] Read more

What’s in a number? It could be a lot if it’s a favourable falling number. The results of this test (done in Cigi’s Winnipeg lab) are very high — numbers above 300 are considered good while those below 300 aren’t. Alberta Wheat argues farmers should be paid for a good falling number even if a visual inspection results in a lower grade.

Could a wheat sample test put money in your pocket?

Buyers are increasingly using falling number to determine wheat’s value — but farmers don’t get paid for that

Alberta Wheat is hailing a move by the Canadian Grain Commission to consider making tests for falling number and deoxynivalenol official grain-grading factors. “We want the grain commission to make a whole bunch of changes,” said chair Gary Stanford. “We think the grain should be sold by falling numbers… Everybody wants to sell at Grade […] Read more


Grain grading revamp may add falling number, DON as factors

Two significant grain specs that aren’t yet factors for a crop’s official grade are now under consideration to join that official list. The Canadian Grain Commission on Monday put out a call for “grain sector stakeholders” to submit their views before May 10 on a proposal for falling number and deoxynivalenol (DON) to both become […] Read more

How Ontario’s new DON testing cost-share program works

With vomitoxin (DON) levels so prevalent in this year’s corn crop, the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) says a new DON testing cost-sharing initiative will help producers strategically market their grain. Why it matters: OSCIA says cost-sharing will help farmers know how severe their deoxynivalenol (DON) issues are, and how to market their […] Read more


Harvest Sample Program deadlines extended

The Canadian Grain Commission is extending the deadlines for its Harvest Sample Program by a month because of this year’s late harvest. Producers now have until Nov. 30 to register online at www.grainscanada.gc.ca and until Dec. 31 to submit samples taken from their crops. There is no cost, and participating producers are emailed a report […] Read more

On the far left is sound red spring wheat seed. Next is a ‘not a fusarium- damaged’ kernel — it does not have sufficient seed discolouration
or fibrous fungal growth, also called mycelial growth, to qualify as a fusarium-damaged kernel. Next is fusarium-damaged kernels with light symptoms (mycelial growth is visible around the germ and in the broad crease, and the seed looks shrivelled and chalky white). On the far right are fusarium-damaged kernels with severe symptoms (abundant mycelial growth is visible on both seed surfaces, with some pink discolouration at the germ. The seed has a shrivelled, chalky white appearance).

Proper combine adjustment pays off now and later

You don’t want fusarium-damaged kernels lowering grade or spreading spores, says crop specialist

Producers need to make combine adjustments to prevent kernels damaged by fusarium head blight from going into storage, says a provincial crop specialist. Harvest management of fusarium-damaged kernels (FDK) will improve the grade of a cereal crop, said Neil Whatley. “Many FDKs — especially in wheat — are smaller, lighter in weight, and more shrunken […] Read more