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Oats-Cayuse_black powdery problem

 
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What might this black powdery/pollen like substance be?
Should anything be done other than me occasionally pulling them out?
There's one of these per about 50 stalks of normal looking ones.
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"oat smut"??  Check Google Images for that term....

Edited to add, if it's ergot, don't eat it.
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