Farmscape for July 12, 2017
Manitoba Agriculture reports the risk of fusarium head blight infection this year appears low in the fall seeded cereal crops and low to moderate in the spring seeded cereal crops.
Manitoba Agriculture released its weekly Crop Report Monday
Anne Kirk, a Cereal Crop Specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, says warmer temperatures over the past week throughout much of the province resulted in rapid crop growth, especially for the warm season crops like corn and soybeans and this was a big week for fungicide applications for fusarium head blight in cereals, for sclerotinia in canola and for other diseases in other crops.
Clip-Anne Kirk-Manitoba Agriculture:
We are seeing low levels of fusarium head blight in winter cereals in the province.
Fusarium head blight, the risk time is during anthesis so, at the time of flowering for winter wheat for much of the province it was fairly dry so there was low risk there and we are seeing low levels of fusarium in winter wheat at this time.
For spring cereals, they were being sprayed anywhere in the last couple of weeks.
The risk, according to the fusarium head blight risk maps based on precipitation and temperature was low to moderate throughout much of the province.
We have see quite a bit of spraying for fusarium head blight as it is always a risk.
At this point I can't comment on the levels that we're seeing because it really wouldn't be showing up yet in the spring cereal crops.
Kirk says we haven't seen a lot of leaf diseases in cereals or other diseases in other crops up until this point but it's something we'll have to keep an eye on over the next few weeks because it is still fairly early and we've seen low insect pressure.
She says berta army worm counts have been increasing but the levels still remain relatively low and we haven't seen a lot of other insect problems at this point.
For Farmscape.Ca, I'm Bruce Cochrane.
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