Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
Practical Strategies for Effective Cereal Disease Management
Tuesday, January 29 11:00am - 12:00pm Room 5
Wednesday, January 30 11:00am - 12:00pm Room 6
Kelly received a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture in Agricultural Biology in 1985, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Pathology from the Department of Biology at the University of Saskatchewan. Kelly’s graduate work focused on the epidemiology of sclerotinia stem rot of canola and the potential of using petal testing as an indicator of disease risk. Currently, Kelly is a Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at Lacombe, Alberta.
Kelly’s main focus is on cereal diseases, especially those of barley, but also works on diseases of other crops, including canola and wheat, as part of collaborative studies with colleagues across Canada. He is currently involved with research studying: the development and use of plant resistance for disease control; the impact of cropping systems on disease development; disease risk assessment; and the development of practical integrated solutions for crop health and disease management.
Plant diseases represent one of the main constraints to successful cereal production. More frequent reports and observations of cereal diseases may be partly related to a tightening of rotations where the typical rotation across many areas of the western Prairies is canola-cereal-canola-cereal. Although a range of strategies are available to control foliar and other cereal diseases, rarely does the use of a single “silver bullet” solution provide complete protection. In general, producers need to consider a combination of strategies to provide effective and consistent long-term protection from these foliar diseases. A brief overview of the main cereal diseases will be presented followed by a review of key management strategies that can be used to reduce their impact. Correct identification of diseases, the role of crop rotation, and how to effectively use fungicides and host resistance will be emphasized.