Fusarium head blightCaused by: Fusarium spp.
Problem Category: Fungal Disease
Symptoms: One or more spikelets on newly emerged head bleached; pink or orange fungal masses may be visible at the base of infected spikelet; infected spikelets do not produce seed or produce shriveled and/or discolored seed; severe infections can cause the kernels to have a chalky appearance and are frequently lost during harvest
Comments: Fungus survives between seasons on host plant debris - other host include corn and barley; fungus can survive on host debris for several years; warm, moist conditions promote the spread of the disease when presen
Management: Control of the disease can be difficult; durum wheat appears to be more susceptible to the disease than common wheat; crop rotation to a non-host is recommended for at least one year