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Please click the link to access the Fusarium Analysis Request Form (PDF)
Cost per sample:
Kit – $56.00 per sample • Analysis – $65.00 per sample
Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) is a fungal disease that can infect a number of crops in Canada – wheat, barley, oats, rye, corn, canary seed, and forage grasses. However, the crops most affected are wheat, barley, and corn. F. graminearum is only one of many species of Fusarium, but it is considered the most important one in Canada because of the impact it has on yield and grain quality, its ability to produce several different toxins, and its abundance in eastern Canada and the eastern prairies. In western Canada, F. graminearum is found most frequently in the black soil zone. This zone is also the area of highest rainfall on the prairies. Infection is associated with rainfall during the flowering stage. The infection is spread by wind, but the pathogen is also spread by planting infected seed.
In a normalized crop year the following information for the Fusarium graminearum percentage infection of seed should be used as a guide for your seeding considerations:
0-1% – the seed is safe to plant anywhere in Saskatchewan.
0-3% – the seed is safe to plant in the west side of Saskatchewan.
0-5% – the seed is safe to plant in the east side of Saskatchewan.
0% – the seed is safe to plant in Alberta.
*Please note that any presence of F. graminearum on seed should trigger the use of a registered seed treatment.
In a normalized crop year the following information for the total Fusarium percentage infection of seed should be used as a guide for your seeding considerations:
0-7% – the seed may not need to be treated with a registered seed treatment.
8-14% – the seed should be treated with a registered seed treatment.
> 14% – the seed should not be planted.
When preparing a sample for testing make certain the sample is representative of the entire seed lot. Improper sampling is the greatest source of error in seed testing. To collect a representative sample it may be necessary to gather more seed than needed for a given test. After collecting the seed thoroughly mix it in the collection container. Hand sample or use a probe so that all areas of the seed lot are represented. If the seed is in a bin, sample it from the top, center, sides, and bottom. Don’t take your seed sample from beside the bin door. It might be more appropriate to collect subsamples as the seed is being transferred from a truck or bin. Please submit 2 cups or 500 grams of seed in a well labelled and sealed container to Discovery Seed Labs.
Pulse crops include: Peas, Lentils, Chickpeas & BeansPulse Package – Germination, Vigor, Ascochyta, Anthracnose, Botrytis, Sclerotinia & TKW
$149.00 (GST included)
Cereal Package 1
Cereal crops include: Wheat, Barley, Oats, Durum, Triticale, RyeCereal Package 1 – Germination, Cold vigor, Fusarium & Cochliobolus, & TKW
$149.00 (GST included)
Cereal Package 2
Cereal crops include: BarleyCereal Package 2 – Germination, Cold Vigor, Fusarium & Cochliobolus, Smut & TKW
$207.00 (GST included)
Malt Barley Marketing Package
Malt Germ, Protein, Plump Test, Vomitoxin
$88.00 (GST included)
Wheat Marketing Package
Falling Number, Protein, Vomitoxin, Bushel Weight
$93.00 (GST included)