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More than 200 scientists from Canada and abroad attended the 8th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight Nov. 20-22 in Ottawa. While the potentially devastating fungal disease is on the rise in Western Canada, more tolerant varieties are coming and agronomic techniques to manage the disease have improved.

Fusarium conference hears of disease resurgence

Western Canada’s worst crop disease is still a serious issue, researchers say

This was one of the worst years for fusarium head blight in western Canadian spring wheat — a sobering backdrop to the 8th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight, held here Nov. 20-22. More than 200 scientists from Canada, the United States, Germany, England, Australia, Switzerland and beyond reviewed the latest research into fusarium head


Test feed grains for best results

The weather this growing season is translating into feed grain quality issues

One of Western Canada’s leading grain quality testers says early harvest samples are showing a high risk this year for potential feed quality issues. Canadian Bio-Systems, of Calgary, is advising livestock operations and feed mills to take steps to safeguard feed quality and livestock performance. “The risk of feed grain quality issues that can affect

It is impossible to determine whether pelleted feed contains ergot toxins without laboratory testing. The sample on the left contains 230 ppb ergot toxins. The sample on the right contains 38,900 ppb.

Ergot becomes invisible in manufactured feed

Researchers and feed makers say new guidelines for assessing risk are needed

The two pictures of pelleted feed veterinary toxicologist Dr. Barry Blakley put up on the screen at a recent ergot symposium here looked identical. But one had enough toxins in it to kill livestock. The rising levels of ergot in western Canadian cereal grains and forages has turned into a nightmare for the manufactured feed

What’s Up – for Apr. 28, 2011

Please forward your agricultural events to [email protected] or call 204-944-5762. April 26:Environmentally Sustainable Food Production: What is the Role for Animal Agriculture? Session with AAFC research scientist Dr. Henry Janzen and a farmer panel, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, 130 Agriculture Building, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. For more info or to pre-register


What’s Up – for Apr. 21, 2011

——— Please forward your agricultural events to [email protected] or call 204-944-5762. April 26:Environmentally Sustainable Food Production: What is the Role for Animal Agriculture? Session with AAFC research scientist Dr. Henry Janzen and a farmer panel, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, 130 Agriculture Building, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. For more info or to

What’s Up – for Apr. 14, 2011

Please forward your agricultural events to [email protected] or call 204-944-5762. April 15-16:Hudson Bay Route Association annual convention, Royal Canadian Legion, 540- 8th Ave. S., Virden. For more info call Arnold Grambo at 204- 729-1727 or email [email protected] April 20-21:Capturing Opportunities: A Business and Community Forum, Keystone Centre, Brandon. For more info phone 800-933-9863 or visit



Mouldy Grain Creates Respiratory Health Hazard

Anyone harvesting, drying or handling mouldy grain should use respiratory protection, according to Ken Hellevang, agricultural engineer with the North Dakota State University Extension Service. Mould can be a problem this spr ing in grain that was mouldy in the field or became infested with storage moulds. For instance, last year’s poor growing conditions meant

Don’t Scoop From One Spot For Mycotoxin Tests

Moulds and mycotoxins generally grow sporadically throughout a field, with some areas clean and others high in mould. If you are planning to submit a grain corn sample for mycotoxin testing, contact the lab you are dealing with to determine the proper way to obtain and ship the sample. However, here are some general guidelines.