AWC - Funded Research
An integrated approach to FHB Management in Alberta
AWC contribution: $90,000
This proposed research will investigate an integrated approach to disease management using readily-adoptable agronomic practices alone or in combination to identify management practices that have the greatest impact on FHB severity and losses in southern Alberta conditions. The overall objective of this work is to provide Alberta wheat producers with a quantification of the impact of several integrated management strategies on FHB, in areas where Fusarium graminearum is established.
- To provide Alberta wheat producers with a quantification of the impact of several integrated management strategies on FHB, in areas where Fusarium graminearum is established,
- To determine which of the following management factor(s) or combination of factors has the greatest impact on FHB infection in wheat in southern Alberta conditions: previous crop residue, varietal resistance, fungicide application at early flowering, or irrigation during flowering.
Benefit to producers:
This project is expected to deliver agronomic information that will facilitate wheat production as the provincial approach to FHB transitions from prevention, to the management of an established disease. This information will enable producers to allocate production resources to management practices that have the greatest impact on FHB control under Alberta conditions.
Doon Pauly, Agronomy Research Scientist at ARD-Lethbridge, has over 20 years extension and research experience on field crops in prairie production situations. The Lethbridge-based agronomy research unit that Doon leads is a skilled, experienced, and highly functioning team. ARD Lethbridge has successfully completed several Funding Consortium projects in recent years, and is currently working on two Alberta Wheat Commission funded research projects.