Wheat stripe rust update
Reports of wheat stripe rust continued to roll in this week. The disease was already established in many parts of south central and southeast Kansas. Stripe rust has moved to the upper in some fields within these regions now. This movement to the upper canopy is important because these leaves contribute the majority of the energy used to make grain. The other key update comes from western Kansas where the disease was reported at low levels this week. The first reports came from irrigated fields but a few dryland fields were subsequently found to have stripe rust also.
Erick De Wolf, Plant Pathology
Romulo Lollato, Wheat and Forages Specialist