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Stripe rust still big problem, researchers say

IT’S STRIPED AND LOOKS LIKE RUST: Stripe rust on wheat. The condition can afflict several kinds of crops.

Stripe rust is at it again.

Following high stripe rust levels across the Pacific Northwest (PNW) in 2011, researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and crop protection company Syngenta have been carefully monitoring its development during the fall to help growers prepare a defense plan for 2012.

Fall 2011 stripe rust levels ranged from normal to above average across the PNW, so growers are being encouraged to develop a management plan that includes resistant varieties for spring wheat acres and proactive scouting.

Stripe rust is one of the most weather-induced diseases in cereal crop production when weather conditions are wet and warm. This disease is notorious for develo...

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