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A healthy wheat head at left and one with severe symptoms of fusarium head blight at right. (Keith Weller photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

Alberta deregulates fusarium

Crop disease comes off province's 'zero tolerance' list

Alberta is moving to keep fusarium in check by means other than the “zero tolerance” policy it has in effect on agricultural pests such as rats, rabies and clubroot. Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen announced a ministerial order Wednesday to remove Fusarium graminearum from the list of pests covered by the Pest and Nuisance Control Regulation, […] Read more

Fusarium head blight study needs farmers

Fusarium head blight study needs farmers

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s pathology program at Brooks is again looking for growers of winter wheat, two-row barley and durum to participate in a fusarium head blight project for the 2020 growing season. The project, which aims to develop a disease prediction model, is a collaboration between the University of Manitoba and the agriculture ministries […] Read more

Fusarium head blight is costing Alberta wheat growers millions, mostly because of grade loss.

The bottom line on fusarium head blight is ugly

New study says a two per cent rate of damage 
will cost a producer $87 an acre

Reading Time: < 1 minute Grade loss — not yield reduction — is what hurts the pocketbook when it comes to fusarium. That’s the finding of a new report by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, which examined the financial impact of fusarium head blight. “While some economic losses occur due to yield reduction, grade loss is responsible for the greatest cost,” […] Read more

black, ergot-infected cereal grains spelling the word

Expert advice for ergot control

There’s no silver bullet for combating ergot, but mowing grasses 
near fields and good agronomics can make a big difference

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ergot is a rising threat on the Prairies, and plant researchers are trying to figure out the best way to combat the disease. “Everyone is concerned with fusarium head blight, but ergot is right up there in terms of danger,” said Jamie Larsen, a research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lethbridge. Rye and […] Read more

fusarium in wheat

Fusarium on the march and wreaking havoc

Once limited to wheat fields in southern Alberta, fusarium head blight is spreading quickly into central Alberta and beyond

Reading Time: 3 minutes A devastating wheat disease is on the rise in Alberta — and spreading quickly. “Over the past few years, (fusarium) has increased considerably, and it’s fairly prominent now,” said Trevor Blois, disease diagnostician with 20/20 Seed Labs. “This year, around 16 per cent of samples that are submitted for a fusarium test in Alberta are […] Read more

clubroot affected plant

Trouble looming if there’s another cool, wet spring

Four to Watch: Increasing disease levels over the last few years could lead to 
big-time outbreaks if the environmental conditions are right

Reading Time: 3 minutes This much is known. “We’re not going to have a disease-free year — that’s for sure,” said Michael Harding, a research scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. “The environment will determine how much we see and which pathogens have the ability to cause the most serious issues.” And just what kind of environment — […] Read more