Fusarium Head Blight Risk – June 6, 2011

Currently, wheat in many areas of Wisconsin is starting to flowering or will be over the next few days. The current risk for Fusarium head blight is low based on the Fusarium Head Blight Prediction Center. Rainfall has been rather light the past 7 days, although some locations received rainfalls upwards of 0.30 inches or more this morning (6/6) in thunderstorms that are passing through the state. The next 2-3 days will be extremely hot with temperatures in the low to mid 90s. From the National Weather Service, it looks like the next chance for rain is Wednesday into Thursday, when air temperatures are also suppose to cool off. Based on these factors, the recommendation for using a foliar fungicide for suppression of FHB is not recommended. We will continue to monitor conditions as the week progresses and provide any updates as necessary.