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Don’t blame ergot on the weather

Copper deficiency leads to the development of many diseases in cereal crops

If you’re a pedigreed seed grower and you’ve discovered that one of your seed fields, either wheat or barley, is infested with ergot, you have a problem but it’s not what most, if not all of you think. Don’t blame it on a common diagnosis of cold, wet growing conditions. It’s more likely caused by […] Read more

Where have these funguys gone?

Herbicides and “new” crops may play a role in controlling disease

Back in the 1970s and ’80s when I worked for Alberta Agriculture, take-all of wheat and barley and snow mould of winter wheat were hot topics on the Canadian prairies. Yield losses from these two diseases were considerable. Wet summers were bad for take-all, while deep snow winters often led to snow mould. I remember […] Read more

15 Ways To Prevent Or Manage FHB

Fusarium head blight (Fusarium graminearumor scab) will be a serious problem if humidity and temperatures are high (25 to 30 C) from just prior to wheat head emergence through to head fill. Infection will occur at cooler temperatures, if high humidity persists for longer than 72 hours. Given the high moisture level throughout Manitoba and […] Read more