Leaf Rust confirmed, Stripe Rust widespread but at low levels

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Because of the presence of stripe rust and leaf rust in the state, as well as increasing incidence and severity of Septoria leaf blotch and tan spot, growers are encouraged to be vigilant in scouting their fields.

A survey of wheat fields May 4-5, in southwest, south central, and southeast Nebraska, found low levels of disease with most fields showing a lush green growth. Leaf rust was found in a few fields at trace levels. Stripe rust was found in the majority of fields visited. It was mostly at trace levels, but occasionally, moderate to high severity was found on the lower leaves.


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