(File photo by Advocate staff)

(File photo by Advocate staff)

Central Alberta-based agriculture organization releases report on fusarium seed infection

Report available from Alberta Seed Processors

Alberta Seed Processors have released the second interim report on Fusarium graminearum seed infection, part of Alberta’s fusarium head blight management.

Alberta Seed Processors (ASP), based in Lacombe, launched a three-year project in the fall of 2020 to study fusarium seed infection in Alberta to better understand how farmers can manage, control and prevent the devastating disease.

“This project directly aligns with ASP’s goals of supporting agriculture in Alberta by constantly improving the services and capacity of our seed and grain processors so we can ensure the agricultural value chain has an opportunity for the best outcomes possible through identifying possible limiting factors,” said Monica Klaas, ASP’s general manager, in a statement.

The report is available on the Alberta Seed Processors website: Fusarium Seed Infection Surveillance Project 2022 Interim Report.

The project is a result of collaboration with value chain partners.

ASP collaborated with three Alberta seed labs, including SGS Canada, Seed Check Technologies and 20/20 Seed Labs, to gather data.

Dr. Michael Harding, research scientist with the Plant and Bee Health Surveillance Section of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, reviewed the data and created maps.

Alberta Wheat & Barley Commissions supplied further agronomic and management input to the project.

This project was made possible with funding from the federal government’s Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP), which is a five-year, $3-billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector and ensure its continued innovation, growth, and prosperity.

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