Stripe Rust Alert April 2018
Stripe rust has appeared in central North Carolina. It was found this week in two neighboring fields of DG Shirley wheat in Greene County. A stripe rust epidemic can develop much quicker than a leaf rust epidemic. If scouting reveals stripe rust in your field a fungicide should be applied as soon as possible to preserve yield. Wheat varieties rated susceptible (S) and moderately susceptible (MS) should be scouted immediately. Resistant (R) or moderately resistant (MR) varieties are at low risk. Consult the variety characteristics sheet to determine stripe rust susceptibility for common varieties. Apply fungicides to fields containing multiple stripe rust foci first before moving on to fields with less noticeable infections.