U of S FHB research providing promise for spring wheat and durum producers

Fusarium head blight (FHB) is such a prevalent and destructive problem for Saskatchewan wheat producers that Sask Wheat has made it a research priority, investing millions of dollars into projects studying how to combat the fungus and minimize its damage. Two of those projects were recently completed. One project tested potential new sources of FHB resistance in spring wheat while another focused on improving FHB management in durum.

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FHB, ResearchSask Wheat
Sask Wheat advocacy and policy update

Sask Wheat continues to be engaged in the ongoing value creation consultation led by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Sask Wheat Chair, Laura Reiter, is participating on a producer panel that is providing feedback on the next steps of the consultation. For next steps, AAFC and the CFIA are planning an online survey for producers to provide feedback. Sask Wheat encourages all producers to participate in the online survey.

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Be prepared for FHB this growing season

In spite of the current weather not seeming to favour the development of FHB, FHB cannot be ruled out and producers must be prepared to manage it in 2019. With many crops hitting the heading stage soon, it will be important for producers to have their management strategy in place to minimize FHB infection, with the frequent scouting of fields and consideration of applying fungicide during the optimal timeframe being key elements of an effective management strategy.

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FHB, AgronomySask Wheat