Updated spore counts are available for the Grande Ronde Valley. Large numbers of spores were intermittently detected at the site:
- It is recommended that growers scout fields as grass seed crops approach anthesis.
- Protective fungicides should be applied prior to the onset of anthesis to protect unfertilized flowers from infection.
- Cultivars with prolonged flowering periods may require multiple applications.
- Please refer to the PNW Plant Disease Management Handbook for more information (https://pnwhandbooks.org/plantdisease/host-disease/grass-seed-ergot).
This research is funded by the Washington Turfgrass Seed Commission, the Oregon Seed Council, the Eastern Oregon Kentucky Bluegrass Working Group, and the Oregon Department of Agriculture Alternatives for Field Burning Research Financial Assistance Program.