Foliar Diseases Seen in Oklahoma Wheat as Harvest Nears

By Donald Stotts, Stillwater, OK – Stripe rust infections in some Oklahoma wheat fields continue to activate, mostly triggered by recent rains, heavy dew and moderately cool weather conditions, said Oklahoma State University experts. “Texas had more stripe rust develop than leaf rust this year, and that’s what has moved northward in terms of foliar diseases,” said Bob Hunger, OSU Extension wheat pathologist. “There’s been some powdery mildew, some leaf spotters, but stripe rust has been the most widespread.” There have even been reports of stripe rust occurring in wheat heads in southwestern Oklahoma. As far as OSU experts have…

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