Why Did Scab Seem Worse in Barley?
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|Even though all
wheat and barley varieties are susceptible to scab, there
are some wheat varieties which are less susceptible than
others. Barley, however, has fewer varietal choices to
select from in managing for scab. Also, wheat had more
foliar fungicide options available for scab suppression
Still, the incidence and severity of scab and vomitoxin in barley may not have been much worse than in wheat this past growing season; there was simply more attention paid to the infections in barley. Thats because infected malting barley can cause problems in the beer brewing process; thus, barley was subject to stringent requirements for malting and market discounts at harvest.
"Typically, the specifications become tighter at harvest, but growers have the advantage of a smaller pile for buyers to pick from this year. The industry will be blending to meet malting specifications; our advice to growers was to bin their barley until the market turned more in their favor," said Marv Zutz, executive director of the Minnesota Barley Council, Red Lake Falls, Minn.
The smaller size of the barley industry compared to wheat may prove to be an advantage in researching scab solutions, says Zutz. There are fewer barley breeders and more collaboration on scab research.