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More Reasons to Scout Wheat

Posted by Robert Bellm -

Dr. Carl Bradley's article in last week's Bulletin indicated that wheat throughout Illinois should be monitored for the development of stripe rust. This disease prefers cool temperatures (<70 degrees), and can spread rapidly throughout the canopy and cause large yield losses under ideal environmental conditions.

The disease is heavily infesting some varieties in the breeding trials here at the Center, while other varieties show little or no evidence of infection at this time. Take home message:  Each field should be scouted, and management decisions based upon what is happening on a field-by-field basis. 

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