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13
May
2014
Wheat disease pressure still low
Author: Arkansas Row Crops

The incidence and severity of wheat diseases remains low across all of Arkansas. Although recent rains coincided with flowering in northern Arkansas, the risk of Fusarium head blight (scab) remains low because weather conditions earlier in the season were not favorable for development of the fungal spores necessary to infect wheat. There is no need to apply a fungicide specifically for scab this year.

Wheat in southern and central Arkansas that has already flowered is beyond the growth stage for applying a fungicide to control foliar diseases. In summary, 2014 has not been a favorable year for diseases, and it is not likely that diseases will have a major impact on wheat yield or quality.


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