Fusarium: Farm-Level and Regional Economic Impact of Fusarium in Alberta

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Fusarium head blight (FHB) is a fungal disease that affects cereal crops, particularly wheat, barley, corn and oats. This report provides an economic overview of the possible impact of FHB outbreaks at the farm-level and at regional/provincial levels. This is an updated version of the report that contains the most recent data and analysis.

The farm-level analysis describes the economic costs to a farmer if a whole field becomes infected by FHB. It provides examples of the economic impact on a field of grade #1 CWRS at three different disease severity levels (0.5%, 1.2% and 2.2%). These levels of outbreak result in a downgrade to #2, #3 and feed wheat, respectively.

The second part of the report provides a general assessment of the possible economic impact of Fusarium in Alberta crop districts based on incidence and severity data collected through the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) Harvest Sample Program from 2004 to 2017. It provides estimates of the total economic cost of the disease for all Crop Districts in Alberta, and a cost estimate for the province as a whole.

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This information published to the web on August 4, 2015.
Last Reviewed/Revised on July 27, 2018.