Trial Report Summary

Development of decision support tools for Fusarium Head Blight management in Western Canada

Crop Type(s):
Barley, Durum, Wheat, Winter Wheat

Manasah Mkhabela PhD., Research Associate University of Manitoba Soil Science


To increase understanding of resulting Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) infection for spring and winter wheat, barley and durum based on the current model.

Project Findings:

Grain samples were sent for Fusarium specific analysis, but no report for these results has yet been generated. CMCDC will post a link when this report is available. Average yields for the crops tested are shown in Fig. 1. The quality ratings for the crops are not included here.


Farmers need improved decision-making tools in order to assess the local risk of
Fusarium Head Blight (FHB). Better tools would improve judgement on whether or not to use
fungicide and how to time application. The project recognizes that the current model for
predicting the presence of FHB is insufficient and is gathering data across the province for
different treatment plans using both known fusarium resistant and fusarium susceptible
varieties. This project design centred on learning more about how spore density in the air at
specific times of plant maturation affected FHB infection. The specific window of interest is
during flowering and up to five days before flowering.


Entire findings are available by downloading the report PDF.

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