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Harmful Volunteer Wheat Diseases May Be on the Increase

Wheat FieldRecent moisture should provide area farmers with a great foundation to plant next years wheat crop, but also with that added moisture comes more volunteer wheat and a greater chance for wheat diseases.

Russell County Agricultural Extension Agent John Stannard says farmers need to first kill off any volunteer wheat in their fields at least two weeks in advance before planting to stop the spread of wheat diseases from field to field.

"We really need to control that volunteer about two weeks before we're going to plant," Stannard said. "Either burn it down with a herbicide or till it down so that you can make sure that you don't serve as a green bridge for wheat streak or high plains mosaic viruses."

Contact the Russell County Extension Office for more information.

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