Spring barley seed head disease?

Farmer Fin

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Aberdeenshire
Does anyone know what is causing this? We’ve seen bits before and it’s very annoying.
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Flatlander

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Arable Farmer
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Lorette Manitoba
Very common here in Canada it’s fusarium head blight. Here it will render the grain notacceptable fir pig feed because it will induce abortion in sows and reduced feed intake on feeder pigs To the extent they won’t eat at all. Beef dairy and chicken are able to consume without any issues. Suppression of it is possible with a suitable fungicide at early flowering. Wheat barley and to some extent oats are all effected. Yields are greatly reduced as the portion of the head above the infected site can be starved of the nutrients to fill the grain. High humidity and warm conditions running up to flowering and rotation all play a major roll in fusarium infection levels. some varieties have more resistance than others but none are perfect. It’s a major quality issue in western Canada.
 

Farmer Fin

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Location
Aberdeenshire
Very common here in Canada it’s fusarium head blight. Here it will render the grain notacceptable fir pig feed because it will induce abortion in sows and reduced feed intake on feeder pigs To the extent they won’t eat at all. Beef dairy and chicken are able to consume without any issues. Suppression of it is possible with a suitable fungicide at early flowering. Wheat barley and to some extent oats are all effected. Yields are greatly reduced as the portion of the head above the infected site can be starved of the nutrients to fill the grain. High humidity and warm conditions running up to flowering and rotation all play a major roll in fusarium infection levels. some varieties have more resistance than others but none are perfect. It’s a major quality issue in western Canada.
Hi. We get that in wheat but it would be pretty rare in barley. Everyone does a flowering spray on wheat to prevent it.
 

Flatlander

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Arable Farmer
Location
Lorette Manitoba
Same here to spray wheat against it but barley is not widely grown here in eastern Manitoba because we are usually in a higher rainfall area which tends to exacerbates fusarium. Further west in dryer regions more is grown. Testing for fusarium or the toxin that it correlates with vomitoxin is wide spread at feed mills. ive Been selling my wheat to the same feed mill for close on 20 years and For sow feed they want wheat at less than point 5 parts per million vomitoxin. That level is lower that top grade human consumption wheat. Higher levels will be for poultry feed or cattle.
 

jh.

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fife
Concerto was bad for this. I have not had the same problem since switching to Diablo.
I thought the same until this morning . Didn't notice anything 10days ago at T2 but did see some wee beasties today and haven't used any insecticide . Dunno if it's linked .
 

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Flatlander

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Arable Farmer
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Lorette Manitoba
Fusarium and the aphid looking dude are not related as far as I know. Seen lots of fusarium in our wetter years but never noticed the bugs at the same time. Growing wheat or barley after maize is a big no no as it can exacerbate the disease
 

Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Written by Lisa Applin

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In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

Through the Sustainable Farming Incentive, farmers will be paid for environmentally sustainable actions – ones that are simple to do and do not require previous agri-environment scheme experience.

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