This is the first North Carolina small grain scab risk commentary for the 2019 season. In most of NC, wheat is still 1 to 5 weeks from the period when Fusarium infects heads, which is flowering. Barley has headed or will soon head in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain. Currently, scab risk is low in all the wheat- and barley-growing areas of NC. The forecast holds only a little rain, which means risk should remain low for the next 10-14 days. There is no need to treat for scab when risk is low at flowering. Updates will be provided for the next 6 weeks.
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