Head blight a bigger problem in Idaho

The fungal disease referred to as head blight is being found extensively in wheat and became a problem for some malt barley growers in Idaho in 2015.

Fusarium head blight produces the DON toxin, which is unacceptable for malting and milling of either wheat or barley. The degree of the problem for wheat or barley in Idaho for 2015 has not been fully determined, but more Fusarium is being detected all the time.


Wheat choice has lasting effect on soil health and yield

Scientists investigating how to control take-all, a fungus that lives in soil and infects wheat roots to cause disease, have discovered that different varieties of wheat have distinct and lasting impacts on the health of the soil in which they are grown.



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