With the warmer than normal temperatures we have experienced the past week, the winter wheat crop is rapidly progressing. In some of our research trials, we are at full heading into early flowering and now is an important time to consider the risk for Fusarium head blight. As a follow up on my earlier posting from this week, the current risk for FHB around the state is (27 May 2010): low with some small pockets of medium to high risk (highest risk along the Lake Michigan shoreline)
Over the next 1 to 3 days, the forecast risk is low for Fusarium head blight. For those fields where the winter wheat crop is a little further behind, the critical period to monitor will most likely be in the next week or so. Continue to monitor the Fusarium Head Blight Prediction Center for the most up-to-date information.