Jenny Rees - Extension Educator

Jenny Rees

2345 Nebraska Ave York NE 68467

Wheat Leaf Rust Confirmed in Nebraska March 31, 2016

On March 30, leaf rust was found in several wheat fields in Nuckolls County in south central Nebraska. Severity was trace (Figure 1), but the rust was found in every field surveyed. Presence of leaf rust in Nebraska this early in the growing season suggests it may have overwintered or is a result of unusually warm winter temperatures which resulted in earlier than normal movement of spores from southern states into our region.

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