Ohio: Are Your Wheat Plants Purple?
Farmers in northwest Ohio have reported purple-reddish leaves on their wheat plants. What does this mean? According to the Ohio State University Extension, there 3 main factors that could contribute to this:
- Environmental. The sudden shift to colder temperatures this year may have slowed plant growth and turned leaves purple.
- Fertility. If plants have been purple for a longer period, phosphorus deficiency may be the cause.
- Disease. Diseases such as barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) can also cause wheat plants to turn purple.
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