U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have pinpointed the location of a gene in a little-known ancient grass that could help save one of the world's most important cereal crops from an unrelenting fungus.
Outbreaks of a deadly fungal disease in wheat crops in Germany and Ethiopia in 2013 have had the scientific community buzzing over the threat posed to global food security.
As temperatures rise and winter wheat begins to break dormancy, a university specialist and Syngenta recommend growers keep a close eye on their crops to identify early signs of disease that may reduce grain quality and yield potential.
Outlook for wheat leaf rust and stripe rust (03/24/14)
NDSU wheat researcher fights rust disease (03/10/14)
MANA introduces Custodia premix fungicide (01/15/14)
Syngenta offers new online wheat resource (11/19/13)
Morning Comments 04/17
The wheat markets bounced back from Wednesday’s losses. The wheat markets spiked upward Tuesday, then gave back a big portion of those gains yesterday. The Russia-Ukraine situation is probably supporting prices, whereas improving U.S. weather seems to be encouraging selling. The bulls were winning the pricing battle overnight, but the Export Sales data could turn the tide in either direction. May CBOT wheat futures rallied 4.0 cents to $6.92/bushel in early Thursday trading, while May KCBT wheat futures edged up 3.0 cents to $7.575, and May MWE futures advanced 4.25 to $7.3075.