MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Genetic resistance is the most effective and economical means of reducing the risk of yield losses resulting from disease and insect pests in Kansas, according to Kansas State University scientist Erick DeWolf.

"Each year researchers and Extension specialists at K-State summarize the reactions of the most common wheat varieties to 12 diseases, including leaf rust and stripe rust, which are among the most damaging disease problems in the state," said DeWolf, who is a plant pathologist with K-State Research and Extension.

To help producers and others learn how those wheat varieties
performed in various places throughout the state, K-State recently posted the electronic version of the Wheat Variety Disease and Insect Ratings, 2009 online.

The printed version will be distributed to county offices shortly.

SOURCE: K-State.