Stripe rust has been reported in multiple locations across Kansas in recent weeks. More recently, it has been seen in the upper canopy. For a complete wheat disease update, see this article from Extension Plant Pathology.
Wheat streak mosaic virus can be a severe problem for Kansas wheat producers. Large outbreaks can usually be traced back to a lack of control of volunteer wheat. Learn more about the importance of managing volunteer in this article from K-State Extension.
The wet weather has resulted in the emergence of volunteer wheat over the last few weeks in some parts of Kansas. Does this flush of volunteer wheat pose a risk for wheat streak mosaic virus to the wheat crop?
This article summarizes the various wheat disease reports from across Kansas this past week. Several diseases are showing up in different locations, so now is the time to be actively scouting wheat fields.
One of the best preventative measures for wheat streak mosaic virus it the timely control of volunteer wheat. Volunteer wheat should be terminated at least 2 weeks prior to wheat planting. Don't underestimate the importance of this management practice.