Fusarium Seed Infection Surveillance Project 2022 Interim Report

 March 2022: Lacombe AB – Alberta Seed Processors (ASP) is releasing the second interim report on Fusarium graminearum seed infection part of Alberta’s fusarium head blight management.

As part of the federal government’s Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP), ASP launched a 3-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.

The success of the project is a result of collaboration with value chain partners. ASP is collaborating with three Alberta seed labs, including SGS Canada, Seed Check Technologies and 20/20 Seed Labs, to gather data. Dr. Michael Harding, Research Scientist – 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 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,” says Monica Klaas, ASP’s General Manager.

The project is made possible with funding from the CAP program, 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.

For more information regarding this project please contact info@seedprocessors.ca.

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