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Published May 26, 2010, 10:19 AM

Signs of stripe rust in Nebraska wheat fields

LINCOLN, Neb. — A survey of Nebraska fields shows signs of stripe rust in wheat fields in south-central and southeast parts of the state.

LINCOLN, Neb. — A survey of Nebraska fields shows signs of stripe rust in wheat fields in south-central and southeast parts of the state.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension says fields surveyed last week ranged from low levels of stripe rust to covering more than 70 percent of the plant.

Stripe rust is a fungus that tends to follow periods of cool, wet weather. There can be no visible symptoms, although sometimes plants will show yellow leaves.

UNL Extension’s Stephen Wegulo says stripe rust has the potential to cause the total loss of a wheat crop.

Farmers can use a fungicide to limit damage.

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Online: UNL Extension

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