Kansas wheat crop faces new threat

19 May 2017 – Josh Sosland (The Grain and Grain Processing Information Site – www.world-grain.com)

MANHATTAN, KANSAS, U.S. — Not long after sounding a warning call about damaging frigid spring weather, Kansas Wheat has identified another significant threat to the 2017 Kansas wheat crop — wheat streak mosaic virus (WSMV).

Alerting growers to take steps to manage the risk posed by WSMV (no chemical treatments exist), Kansas Wheat said the disease is “crippling western Kansas wheat crop.”

The organization, a cooperative effort of the Kansas Wheat Commission and Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, said losses from WSMV vary depending on variety, weather, percentage of crop infected and the timing of infection. When the disease strikes in the fall, yield losses often are 50% or more. Spring infection tends to cause losses closer to 20%. Read more…

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