Start Managing for Fusarium Head Blight Before Planting 2017/18 Winter Wheat

By Shawn P. Conley and Damon Smith

Most Wisconsin winter wheat growers dodged the Fusarium head blight (FHB or scab) bullet again in 2017. ¬†Though many farmers, especially those in SW WI, became so disgusted with dockage and rejections in both 2014 and 2015 they still didn’t plant a single acre this year.

Figure 1. Fusarium head blight on a wheat head

Therefore as we prepare to put the 2018 wheat crop into the ground, there are a few considerations for managing FHB before we drop a single seed.

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