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Stripe rust likely in area wheat this year



STRIPE RUST: The infection of wheat by the fungal disease, Stripe rust, manifests itself in rows of uredinia. The disease causes stunting of plants and reduced seed yield. Planting resistant cultivars is the primary management strategy.

Wheat farmers can expect stripe rust damage this year, according to the Washington State University "Stripe Rust Forecast and Update." WSU researcher and author of the newsletter, Dr. Xianming Chen reports that "Based on forecast models using the weather conditions from November 2015 to February 2016, stripe rust will potentially cause yield loss of 53 percent on highly susceptible varieties, indicating an epidemic in the severe (40-60 percent loss) range. Chen also said that based on that forecast, currently grown winter wheat cultivars will have a yield loss from 0 to 26 percent.

Chen found rust on March 3, in commercial fields in the Horse Heaven Hills area of Benton County. He noted...

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