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Fusarium Head Blight Risk Elevated in Flowering DE/ MD Wheat

Wheat in southern parts of MD and DE, as well as some early flowering varieties, began flowering the latter half of last week and most of the remaining wheat I expect to flower sometime in the next 7-10 days, depending on temperature.  Flowering…


Should I apply a fungicide to my wheat?

“Should I apply a fungicide to my wheat?”  That is a common question among many growers this season.  My advise has been this: go out and look at your wheat.  Really look at it, don’t just drive by at 60 mph with Lynyrd…


Stripe Rust Update

Growers should be aware that Stripe Rust was confirmed in different parts of Virginia, including the Eastern Shore, over the weekend.  As mentioned last week, it was confirmed in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee the previous week.  Currently the level of infection is…


Delaware and E Shore Maryland Small Grain Disease Update

Since my last article, the temperatures have been fairly cool and very windy, which has not been favorable for disease development in small grains.  We are seeing low levels of spot/net blotch in barley and some minor powdery mildew in some wheat fields…


Early Season Considerations for Powdery Mildew on Small Grains

We have been getting our wheat plots set up over the past week and there certainly is a fair amount of powdery mildew inoculum out there. Powdery mildew at this point in time will look like grey patches on foliage and you may…


Keep an Eye on Your Small Grains

El nino is really making it an interesting winter.  On one hand, the excessively warm temperatures have  helped produce some really nice wheat and barley stands.   On the other hand, the extended warm weather may potentially increase the risk of some diseases.  The…


2015 wheat fungicide table now available

Each year our national wheat pathology working group gathers and publishs an updated list of fungicides for small grains.  We utilize our local data to determine the relative performance of products on specific diseases.  This year’s list is changed somewhat from last years. …


What you do in the fall can impact small grain diseases in the spring

Small grains will be planted in the next few weeks. The decisions made at planting can and do significantly impact many diseases of small grains in the ensuing season. The following is a brief review of some of the more important planting decisions…


Fungicide use in Wheat

Fungicide use is common in small grains and can be a useful tool to protect yields from yield robbing diseases under the appropriate conditions.  In Del-Ma, our most common yield impacting diseases include powdery mildew, leaf blotch complex (Septoria and Stagonospora leaf blotch),…


Scouting for diseases in small grains

Scouting fields for plant diseases is a simple way to maximize profits and yields over time.  Scouting allows growers to assess stand losses early and replant as needed, determine what diseases are active and their potential to damage the crop at key growth…