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Scout wheat crops now to get ahead of stripe rust

February 17, 2016

Stripe rust dominated wheat fields in 2015. A severe outbreak of stripe rust can cause up to 40 percent yield loss, so it’s important to be prepared and scout early for this disease. Common symptoms include:

  • Long stripes of small, yellow or orange blister-like lesions (pustules)
  • Spores that are easily dislodged and may appear as orange dust on clothing

stripe rust

Stripe rust normally thrives in cool, humid weather, but research indicates that it has evolved to adapt to warmer temperatures. Although some winter wheat is still covered in snow, it’s important to monitor crops and be diligent about scouting. With higher moisture, the opportunity for infection is greater. Keep an eye on fields and be ready to treat with a fungicide if necessary.

One strong defense measure is to plant a certified seed variety with tolerance to stripe rust. Where adapted, some AgriPro® brand varieties from Syngenta offer good stripe rust tolerance. Planting certified seed varieties helps ensure:

  • Smoother plantability
  • Seedling vigor
  • Improved germination and emergence

Syngenta also offers Trivapro™ fungicide, the hardest-working, longest-lasting fungicide on the market. Trivapro gives wheat growers the tool they need to help shut down existing disease and prevent future infections. Trivapro controls diseases like Septoria leaf and glume blotch, rusts, tan spot, net blotch, powdery mildew, barley scald, spot blotch, black point and Helminthosporium leafspot.

It’s important to regularly scout fields to track the presence of stripe rust and other diseases in your fields. Being proactive about crop protection will help maximize profit potential and ultimately help grow more wheat.

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