FHB Update from PA, 04/27/17

Welcome to the Fusarium Head Blight Risk Assessment Tool for 2016! If you are new to this risk tool or haven’t used it in a while, please click and read the “User Guide” on the left hand side of your screen. The first paragraph has the main steps to get you started with the model. Our small grains in PA got head start on growth due to warm conditions this spring. If you intend to protect your barley from Fusarium head blight (a.k.a. head scab), be prepared to spray a triazole fungicide in the next few days. See my article here for details: http://extension.psu.edu/plants/crops/news/2017/04 Right now the wheat in the lower part of the state is anywhere between Feekes 7 and 8. I’ll update this commentary with more frequency as we approach heading in PA. If you’d like to receive updates directly to your e-mail or via text, please sign up at http://scabusa.org/fhb_alerts.

--Alyssa Collins, Extension Field Crops Pathologist, Penn State University

For more details, go to the FHB Risk assessment tool at http://www.wheatscab.psu.edu

For the latest news and updates from the U.S. Wheat & Barley Scab Initiative, go to https://www.scabusa.org