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Reports of Fusarium head blight (head scab) in wheat

The frequent rainfall and extended periods of high relative humidity have also stimulated the development of a disease in wheat known as Fusarium head bight (head scab). The Fusarium fungus infects wheat during the flowering or during the early stages of grain fill.


Stripe rust and viral diseases developing in wheat

Stripe rust, wheat streak mosaic, barley yellow dwarf and leaf spot diseases were seen developing in several wheat fields scouted in Hughes, Stanley, Pennington, Tripp, Gregory, and Douglas counties of South Dakota last week.


Certified wheat seed helps control pests, diseases

All certified wheat seeds produced and sold are tested by the Kansas Crop Improvement Association (KCIA). The certification process and high standards set by members and enforced by KCIA ensure that the seeds are of high quality and suitable for growing by the producer.


Is the fungicide on your wheat working?

Stripe rust continues to take its toll on the Kansas wheat crop this year. Spurred on by recent cool, wet weather, the disease is at moderate to severe levels in most areas of the state. The rust pressure is highly variable within many of these regions.


Phenotyping wheat breeding lines takes on new look

Jackie Rudd, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research wheat breeder, and Srirama Krishna Reddy, Ph.D., assistant research scientist, both in Amarillo, said their new walk-behind phenotyper is still a work in progress with respect to data analysis and management, but strapping new technology with old technology is certainly making the process quicker and more reliable.


Scouting for striped rust and other leaf diseases in wheat

Managing the various fungal pathogens of wheat through the use of varietal selection, proper identification and fungicide use is the single most important reason growers have improved their wheat yields in recent years.


Updated online tool allows closer look at disease risk in wheat

An online tool that wheat growers can use to determine their crop's risk for Fusarium head blight development has gotten an update that now allows growers to include more personalized information to get closer look at the risk in their area, said a wheat expert from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.


Plant biosecurity course at BRI combats wheat blast

An innovative course May 18-22 at Kansas State University's Biosecurity Research Institute, or BRI, is offering an overview of the theory and practice of plant biosecurity for participants from 14 countries. Wheat blast, an emerging disease that threatens worldwide food security, is the focus.


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