Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus

"Sphere of influence" for virus spread following an extensive neighborhood-wide hail event

Pre-Harvest Hail across Western Nebraska Necessitates Breaking the Green Bridge

August 30, 2019
This year late-season hailstorms led to increases in volunteer wheat that emerged shortly before wheat harvest. If left uncontrolled until wheat emergence in the fall, growers can expect a large buildup of mites and virus, leading to yield-robbing disease outbreaks next spring and summer.

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Stripe rust in corn

Fall Wheat Disease Management Strategies to Reduce Losses in 2020

August 29, 2019
Six strategies that can be used this fall with winter wheat to minimize losses during next year’s growing season.

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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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Bernd Friebe, KSU Wheat Genetics Researcher

Kansas State University Researchers Identify New Gene to Resist Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus

June 9, 2017
The new gene, the third known to provide resistance, is the first that can do so at outdoor temperatures of 75° Fahrenheit and higher.

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Irrigated wheat field
Figure 1. An irrigated field in Box Butte County on May 16.

Wheat Disease Update: Wheat Streak Mosaic

May 19, 2017
A survey of wheat fields in the Nebraska Panhandle found only trace levels of stripe rust and low levels of tan spot, but widespread areas of wheat streak mosaic virus with severity ranging from mild to severe.

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