More than $24 million worth of small grain crops were planted in Delaware last year, making disease resistance extremely important for farmers. Fusarium head blight (FHB) is one of the most damaging pathogens for small grains across the globe and is one of the main concerns of the grain industry. FHB contaminates the grain, reducing yields.
In order to combat this pathogen and others, University of Delaware’s Cooperative Extension Field Crop Pathology team joined the University of Maryland in a new project that analyzes small grain varieties with moderate resistance to FHB. Researchers are they’ll be able to try and promote the utilization of newer varieties of wheat with higher resistance to FHB.
“In the end, grain prices might go up because there will be less mycotoxin contamination, maybe we can minimize the amount of pesticides that are going on the plants and improve the profitability of the growers, the millers and everybody in the whole chain,” said Extension field crops plant pathologist and study lead, Nathan Kleczewski.
For more information on how the study works and its findings, click here.