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Fusarium head blight

Information for small grain cereal and corn producers to help limit the spread and economic impact of FHB in Alberta.

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FHB is a serious fungal disease of cereal crops and corn that can damage kernels and result in the loss of grain yield and quality.

It is critical to use a combination of agronomic strategies to manage fusarium head blight in barley and wheat.

Proper irrigation management strategies can help prevent fusarium head blight infection in crops.

Government and industry work together to limit the introduction, escalation, spread and economic impact of Fusarium graminearum in Alberta.

Fusarium head blight (FHB), also known as scab or tombstone, is a serious fungal disease of wheat (including durum), barley, oats and other small cereal grains and corn. FHB affects kernel development, reducing yield and grade. However, the crops most affected are wheat, barley and corn.

Fusarium head blight is listed as a declared pest under the Alberta Agricultural Pests Act. This Act is the legislative authority for enforcement of control measures for named pests in in the province.

For more information, see Fusarium head blight – Overview.