‘Disaster waiting to happen’ in North Carolina wheat?
This excerpt is from an article written by Southeast Farm Press published online on February 1, 2016.
Christina Cowger urges North Carolina wheat producers to be prepared for fusarium head blight or scab this year by monitoring their risks and signing up for free scab alerts from the U.S. Wheat & Barley Scab Initiative before April which is the next scab season for the state.
Speaking at the North Carolina Commodities Conference in Durham Jan. 15, Cowger, small gains pathologist at North Carolina State University, said the alerts are free and delivered by text or email. Signing up is easy at the website www.scabusa.org that allows farmers to actually look at their scab risk. The website includes daily in-season risk maps for each locale and provides scab prediction based on geography, grain type and forecast weather patterns.
Cowger cautions that scab is a disaster waiting to happen in North Carolina because studies reveal that most of the wheat varieties planted in the Tar Heel State are susceptible or moderately susceptible to fusarium head blight while fungicides don’t offer complete control and must be applied at the right time.
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