Wheat streak mosaic … and your neighbor

By Vance Ehmke

One of the interesting things I’ve discovered because of being in the certified seed wheat business is the large number of phone calls I get during this time of the year from farmers who are extremely mad at their neighbors who are doing nothing about controlling their volunteer wheat.

And because of this, their neighbors are projecting very large and very unwanted risks of crop failure on them.

These farmers have been burned very badly, in large part, by irresponsible neighbors who fail to do their part in controlling wheat streak mosaic – a viral disease that is transmitted from volunteer wheat to the newly planted wheat by way of microscopic wind-blown wheat curl mites. And it’s a simple disease to control – just kill the volunteer wheat so the disease no longer has a host plant to live on. Continue reading on




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