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Storage of Scab-Infected Grain

Fusarium head blight infected grain will deteriorate slightly faster than uninfected grain.  In a University of MN study, differences to storability between gravity table cleaned up grain and scab infected grain was very small.  Careful grain managers can store the crop and wait for better marketing opportunities.

In this study, the Fusarium fungus species died during storage at 16% moisture, thus stopping DON production during storage at less than 16% moisture.  DON remained viable in 18% and 20% moisture samples.

From: The Small Grains Field Guide, J.J. Wiersma and J.K. Ransom, 2005; Chapter summitted by: K. Hellevang and W. Wilcke.

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