In the meantime there is one job that demands attention before Frank leaves. Joe has already shipped off and left the job unfinished.
Predicting disease levels is always a crap shoot because our environment can change rapidly in Southern Ontario. But if there is a year when the wheat may be more vulnerable to blight it could be this year. Fusarium development is favoured by moisture and moderate temperatures between 15-25 degrees. So far moisture has been in abundant supply. It is cold this morning as I write this post, but the forecast is for moderate temps later this week.
Dave Hooker posted this photo of decaying corn stalks loaded with the fruiting bodies of Fusarium head blight. Lots of disease pressure, a susceptible host and favorable environment is a potential perfect storm.
Showers are also in the forecast for the week and the question of rain fast period for your fungicide of choice is often raised. Fortunately the rain fast period for fungicides is short. As long as the head is dry, 5-10 minutes is more than enough time for the chemical to dry and stick to the head.
I love the colour in our wheat this past week. It has a rich dark green, almost blue appearance.
It would be a shame to lose this yield potential to late season diseases. Frank, before you leave on the quest for some Jameson's or Bushmill's, please spray your wheat!!