Wheat School: Fusarium and the Importance of Seed Tests


Did you know that wheat seed that has been negatively impacted by glyphosate application will show no visible signs of damage? So though you may be able to see mechanical damage, there are many factors that hide beneath the surface, including disease presence and susceptibility. That’s why it’s important to send seed for a test that goes beyond germination. But when’s the best time to send a test? And where should you send it?

Related Podcast: Agronomy Geeks, The Western Canadian Edition — Ep. 7: The Dreaded Fusarium

In this Wheat School, Mitchell Japp of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture explains why it’s important to test seed intended for planting and where you can get seed tests done across the prairies. Japp also shows just how colourful a disease can get in the lab, with a guest appearance by Fusarium graminearum.

For the list of seed testing labs referred to in the video, click here.

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