Wheat Curl Mite

Severe wheat treak mosaic in Deuel County.
A wheat field with severe wheat treak mosaic in Deuel County. (Photo by Stephen Wegulo)

Risk Factors for Virus Disease Spread and Development in Winter Wheat August 30, 2018

Managing the wheat curl mite is critical in managing the disease risk to winter wheat, particularly in central and western Nebraska. This article outlines key risk factors to manage.

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Screen capture of video demonstrating spread of wheat curl mite

Videos: Controlling the Wheat Curl Mite and Viruses in Winter Wheat August 30, 2018

Four videos illustrate the spread of wheat curl mites among neighboring wheat fields and the importance of controlling these mites to curtail the development of three key viruses of winter wheat in Nebraska.

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Inforgraphic showing how one field can serve as a green bridge for wheat curl mite and multiple viruses to a neighbor's field.

Stopping the Spread of Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus August 20, 2018

For wheat growers, one aspect of being a good neighbor is controlling volunteer wheat after harvest to stop wheat curl mites from moving into the new crop of wheat and transmitting viruses, particularly wheat streak mosaic virus. Volunteer wheat should be controlled in time to provide a two-week break in the green bridge.

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