Reports indicate that stripe rust is present in Oklahoma and northeast Kanas. These reports suggest that there is a high likelihood that stripe rust will occur in Nebraska wheat fields. Leaf rust is also likely to occur, but we expect to see stripe rust first.
Some producers are concerned with the condition of their winter wheat fields this spring. At the time of seeding last fall, some areas were dry and under no-till conditions it was difficult if not impossible to seed at the recommended seeding depth.
In 2019, wet weather during the growing season favored the development of wheat diseases including Fusarium head blight, leaf rust, stripe rust, bacterial streak, and take-all. This update highlights these diseases, the environmental factors that favor their development, and their management.