Don’t Let Fusarium Upset Your Season

Help maintain Canada’s reputation for quality cereals and protect your investments by taking a proactive approach to managing fusarium head blight (FHB) and the presence of mycotoxins, such as deoxynivalenol (DON), in your wheat, barley and oat crops.

Commonly known as vomitoxin, DON can be produced when the fungal disease FHB infects cereal crops. As most importing countries have strict limits on DON levels, its presence can limit grain’s end uses and marketing potential.

To preserve crop marketing opportunities and keep Canada’s markets open for all, Cereals Canada recommends wheat, barley and oat growers take the following steps to manage fusarium:

  • Grow fusarium-resistant varieties.
  • Apply a fungicide when there is an elevated risk of FHB.
  • Plan crop rotations to allow ample time for crop residue to decompose.
  • Plant clean seed and consider a seed treatment in high-risk areas to improve the crop stand.
  • Use a combination of disease management best practices to control fusarium.

We are all in this together and growers like you play an important role in managing risk. Help maintain Canada’s reputation for quality and protect your investments by keeping it clean this growing season. By doing your part to keep your wheat, barley and oat crops market-ready, you help keep markets open for all. For more information, visit

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