Wheat and barley producers and otherslooking for the latestinformation on the management of Fusarium Head
Blight (scab) have a valuable web-based tool.
“Scab Smart” is the name of the website designed to serve as a quick guide to the integrated strategies that
result in optimum reduction of Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) and its primary associated mycotoxin, deoxynivalenol (DON).
Scab Smart is found at www.scabsmart.org. This website provides
users with two ways of accessing management information, with drop down menus to a management strategy or to the grain class of interest. Management strategy categories include variety resistance (by grain class and
by state), scab forecasting, fungicides, crop rotation and other strategies (such as residue management, planting date and harvest practices).
The featured grain classes include hard red spring wheat, durum wheat, spring barley, hard red winter wheat,
soft red winter wheat (brokendown by northern and southern regions), andwhite wheat.
Scab Smart’s content is updated on an ongoing basis as new management information becomes available. A
brochure describing information available through Scab Smart is available through each state’s extension pathologists. More information may be obtained from Marcia McMullen, NDSU Extension Plant Pathologist,
email@example.com, or through the U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FHB Alerts -- Individuals who wish to have information about FHB risk sent to them during the growing season, may have FHB alerts sent to their cell phone or to their email address. Individuals in ND, MN and SD
may sign up just for the spring grain region alerts. These alerts are provided when the Fusarium head blight forecasting maps indicate a high risk of this disease for a state or region, and the alerts are written by
plant pathologists in these three states who keep track of the FHB risk during the growing season. Sign-ups are done through a FHB alert sign-up link at www.scabusa.org.