Can barley smut be controlled once it is coming into head?

Asked May 14, 2018, 1:20 PM EDT

Can barley smut be controlled once it is coming into head?

Muskingum County Ohio

1 Response

In general, all fungicides for plant diseases caused by a fungus are preventive, not currative. In otherwords, you need to be applying a fungicide to the crop before you see signs that a fungus is well established.

Using seed treatments and certified seed are management options.

Go to https://search.extension.org/ and search "barley smut" for more information.