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Archive of posts published in the category: Wheat

Small vs large plots for fungicide research in field crops

Over the last 10-15 years there has been much discussion in the agricultural realm about the utility of fungicide trials conducted on small plots, vs those on larger plots.  Small plots typically are 5-10’wide, and 20-50’ long, depending on the crop and study. …


Fungicide Application Window for Fusarium Head Blight Suppression

Heavy rains coupled with high winds made it difficult for growers in Delaware and Maryland to apply fungicides for Fusarium head blight (FHB) suppression.  There has been discussion about waiting until this current weather front passes to make applications.  Fungicide applications for FHB…


Time to sign up for Fusarium Head Blight Prediction Updates

Now is the time to ensure that you are signed up for alerts from the Fusarium Head Blight Prediction Center, and you should be checking the map every 2-3 days as plants approach flowering to determine your potential need to apply a fungicide…


Stripe Rust Present in Virginia

Stripe rust has been confirmed in Shirley wheat in the Southern part of the Eastern shore of VA.  Shirley is highly susceptible to stripe rust.  Growers in MD and DE should check their wheat resistance ratings for stripe rust and plan on scouting…


Stripe Rust Present in North Carolina

Stripe rust was recently confirmed in wheat in Robeson County, NC on the boarder with South Carolina.  The disease was found in a wheat trial on a susceptible variety, SS 8404. Stripe rust is an obligate pathogen requiring cool, moist weather to infect…


New Factsheet of Barley Yellow Dwarf and Aphid Management in DE Available

Barley yellow dwarf is the most prevalent virus encountered in small grain production.  Last year, we composed a new factsheet on this virus and how to manage it and its vector, the aphid.  The factsheet can be found under the small grains tab…


Fungicide Profitability in Mid-Atlantic Wheat

A commonly asked question posed by many growers is, “Does it pay to apply a fungicide to my wheat?”  This question is particularly important with recent reductions in commodity prices.  Fungicide applications are useful in protecting wheat from fungal diseases affecting the foliage…


Help us gather information on Fusarium Head Blight

The University of Maryland and University of Delaware, through funding through the USWBSI, MD Grain Producers, and MD Commodity Board, run a misted nursery to screen commercial varieties of wheat for Fusarium Head Blight resistance and tolerance to vomitoxin (DON) accumulation.  We would…


Fusarium head blight Misted Nursery Data for MD/DE now available!

The results of the 2016 misted nursery are now available.  These data are an essential tool in managing Fusarium head blight and vomitoxin (DON) in the Mid-Atlantic region.  Click the following link to access the report—->  Misted Nursery 2016.


Research on Barley Yellow Dwarf Management in Wheat

Barley Yellow Dwarf (BYD) is a viral disease that can reduce yields in wheat, barley, and oats.  The virus can infect numerous species of grasses including those you may find in ditches, pastures, and lawns.  The virus is transmitted by aphids, which can…