Stripe Rust on Wheat: Stay Alert!

Damon Smith, Extension Field Crops Pathologist, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

I recently visited some wheat plots in southern Wisconsin. As in previous weeks, wheat is looking good and tillering well and nearing the jointing stage. Few disease issues have yet to be identified. In states to our south and west, such as Kansas and Nebraska, this has not been the case. Stripe rust has been identified in some of these areas and has been classified as moderate to severe depending on the variety of wheat. While, not yet a concern on wheat in Wisconsin, wheat farmers and crop consultants need to be paying attention to this potential threat. Typically in years where stripe rust is an issue in the southern wheat belt, Wisconsin will also see the disease.

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