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Head Scab Robbing Wheat Yield and Quality in the Dakotas

September 15, 2022
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2022 had its share of ups and downs and weather extremes that affected crops. In some areas, like the Dakotas, conditions weren’t nearly as extreme, but diseases like Fusarium head blight (head scab) remained top of mind for wheat growers. With harvest on the horizon, growers in ND and SD should reevaluate how diseases like head scab impacted this year’s crop to help determine a disease management plan for next season.

Listen as Wally West, Syngenta agronomic service representative, discusses planning for disease control in wheat crops.

While you may know most of these tips, here are a few things to keep in mind as you consider your wheat disease management plan for 2023:

  • Cold and wet conditions are the ideal environment for head scab to breed.
  • Infection can happen rapidly and begin to steal yield before it’s visible.
  • Know the history of your fields and take time during harvest to determine which pests impacted your fields the most this season.
  • Scout your fields early and frequently to identify signs of infection.
  • Employ traditional methods like crop rotation to prevent continual contamination.
  • Use an effective treatment like Miravis® Ace fungicide at the first sign of infection.

Miravis Ace allows applications as early as 50% head emergence up to flowering, without sacrificing efficacy and yield. In addition, it contains Adepidyn® technology – the first and only SDHI mode of action available for Fusarium head scab control in wheat, thus creating a greener, healthier wheat head and boosting potential yield.

For more advice on combating pests in ND and SD, listen to the full interview with West, originally posted by the Thrive® podcast.

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