As wheat planting season is approaching Kansas farmers are being urged to be proactive in wheat disease control. Farmers should select wheat varieties with high resistance to fungal diseases as well as to apply fungicides to seed before drilling wheat this season. Earlier this summer wheat flag smut was detected. “Research has shown that the use of certified seed combined with fungicide seed treatments, which are very economical, are highly effective in preventing the presence of flag smut and is an important tool in successful mitigation of the disease,” said Jeff Vogel, KDA’s Plant Protection and Weed Control program manager.
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