RALEIGH — For wheat flowering now, scab risk is low across North Carolina. Risk is likely to remain low for the next 10-14 days or more, given the dry weather forecast.
Meanwhile, stripe rust is reported in locations from the central Coastal Plain to Perquimans County in northeast NC. Wheat varieties rated resistant or moderately resistant to stripe rust should not be at risk, but varieties rated susceptible or moderately susceptible should be scouted. Do not delay applying a fungicide when stripe rust is found. It can develop much quicker than a leaf rust epidemic, and in a susceptible variety can do greater damage.
For more details, go to the FHB Risk assessment tool at http://www.wheatscab.psu.edu
For the latest news and updates from the U.S. Wheat & Barley Scab Initiative, go to http://www.scabusa.org
— Dr. Lindsey Thiessen
Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist
Entomology and Plant Pathology – NC State University
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