Seed treatment and the use of high-quality seed will help reduce seedling blight due to infected seed. Scabby grain should not be used as a seed source, but if use is necessary, the grain should be cleaned and conditioned thoroughly to remove the majority of scabby kernels and to improve test weight. A germination test should be run to indicate percent of germ and vigor of the seed.
Seed treatment fungicides commonly used and registered for small grains should be considered to improve stand and vigor of this seed, but seed treatments alone will not rescue poor quality seed. Seed treatment also will not guarantee absence of Fusarium head blight (scab) the following year, as other sources of fungal inoculum for head infection generally are prevalent.