Andy Tekauz of Agriculture Canada took members of the fusarium headblight community through a history of fusarium outbreaks and research in Canada, which stretches back almost a century to the first recorded case in 1919. | Ed White photo

Community builds to fight fusarium

Not a lot of people are members of the “fusarium headblight community,” but for the few hundred who are, it’s a rich society of researchers, agriculture industry players, government officials and farmers. That community recently gathered in Winnipeg, and it became clear that one of the triumphs of fusarium research has been the creation of […] Read more

Fiona Buchanan, an animal sciences professor at the University of Saskatchewan, holds up a heap of mealworms she scooped from a tub of fusarium-damaged wheat where they were feeding. Buchanan is researching the feasibility of cleaning vomitoxins out of fusarium-contaminated wheat by feeding the wheat to the worms.  |  William DeKay photo

Got fusarium? Turn to worms

Insects and disease are two enemies of the prairie wheat farmer, but researchers feel there is a unique case where one can help deal with damage inflicted by the other. Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan have determined they can fatten up mealworms on a diet of fusarium-damaged wheat and then safely feed the mealworms […] Read more

Fusarium gramarium’s larger threat to the grade and quality of crops like durum is the DON, rather than the damaged kernels.  |  Michael Raine photo

VIDEO: World doesn’t end after fusarium, clean it

BRANDON — It’s easy to throw in the towel when looking at a bin of grain heavily damaged by fusarium. However, feed scientist Rex Newkirk says farmers can salvage “significant value” from grain they are assuming has little. “There’s lots of value to be had,” Newkirk, a University of Saskatchewan researcher, said after a presentation at […] Read more


Myriam Fernandez, an Ag Canada scientist in Swift Current, Sask., has studied fusarium head blight for more than two decades. She believes organic growers may have fewer problems with fusarium because the organic system wards off the fungal disease. |  Photo courtesy of Agriculture Canada Swift Current

Why organic wheat escaped fusarium last year

Researchers say practices such as proper varieties and rotations are just as important as fungicides in disease control

One thing is clear to Myriam Fernandez. Fungicides are one tool to tackle fusarium head blight, along with longer crop rotations and growing varieties with the highest possible resistance. But fungicides aren’t the only tool. “If you’re going to rely on fungicide application as the solution for your FHB problem, if you don’t do anything […] Read more

The Bo-Mill TriQ grain sorter might be a worthwhile investment for seed cleaning companies and perhaps even individual farmers, particularly in years when fusarium damaged grain is abundant.  |  Bomill AB photo

Alberta company buys infrared grain sorter

An Alberta seed cleaning company has placed an order for a high-tech grain sorter that has the ability to clean fusarium-damaged kernels out of bulk grain shipments. Spectrum Grain Solutions of Bashaw, Alta., plans to use a Swedish-built Bo-Mill TriQ grain sorter to add value to grain that’s been degraded due to fusarium, ergot or […] Read more