Australia's largest wheat producing region is likely to receive ample rains during a crucial yield-setting stage, Australia's weather bureau said, potentially offsetting any damage from an intensifying El Nino weather event.
A team led by scientists at the University of California, Riverside has reached a new milestone in its work, begun in 2000, on sequencing the barley genome. The researchers have sequenced large portions of the genome that together contain nearly two-thirds of all barley genes.
Food shortages will escalate due to climate change-related production shocks and the international community must prepare to respond to price increases and social unrest, particularly in less developed countries, cautioned a joint British-U.S. taskforce in a new report.
By Jim Isleib, Michigan State University Extension
Barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) is a viral disease occasionally impacting small grain crops in Michigan, including wheat, oats and barley. Symptoms include yellowing or reddening of leaves in young or more mature plants.
For wheat farmers seeking that extra increment of yield potential, Verdesian Life Sciences has developed an efficient and economical way to meet the wheat crop’s need for zinc. Verdesian now offers Tuxedo Cereals micronutrient seed treatment.
Argentine wheat output will likely fall this season after record storms lashed the Pampas grains belt, making it difficult for Argentina to compete in a global export market saturated by bumper harvests in western Europe and the Black Sea region.
Kansas farmers are encouraged to be especially cognizant during wheat planting season to select wheat varieties with high resistance to fungal diseases as well as to apply fungicides to seed before drilling wheat this season. Wheat flag smut was detected in Kansas earlier this summer and with potential yield and trade implications from the fungus prevention in the upcoming crop will be important.
Before the combines hit the fields this fall for harvest, farmers may want to keep a watchful eye on their crop quality. Preliminary testing over the summer months of the 2015 North America wheat crop, conducted by Alltech's 37+ mycotoxin analysis, shows an average 3.2 mycotoxins per sample, with Deoxynivalenol (DON) the most predominant toxin.