Wheat Head Scab Risk Alert

Scab risk is high for Tyrrell, Hyde, Carteret, Onslow, Pender, New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus, and Union Counties.

If growers have wheat that is heading today, or that headed in the last 7 days they should consider applying a special fungicide for head scab as soon as possible. This is especially important for varieties that are highly susceptible.

(see http://www.smallgrains.ncsu.edu/_Misc/No29VarietySelection2011.pdf).

Possible fungicides include Prosaro, Proline, and Caramba. Folicur is also an option but will not give as high a level of control. Do not apply strobilurin fungicides as they can make grain DON levels worse if head scab infects the wheat.

Below is a Scab Risk Map for North Carolina:

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