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Small Grain Disease Updates – May 11, 2012

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Bob Mulrooney, Extension Plant Pathologist; bobmul@udel.edu

Stripe rust in wheat has been seen in both DE and MD this week. The outbreaks at this time are small and for most of the state wheat is past flowering, so the impact of increased rust development at this time should be minimal. Anyone who applied a fungicide such as Tilt, Prosaro, or Caramba at boot stage or heading will have 2-3 weeks of control, depending when it was applied and when stripe rust spores arrived from the south of us. We have not seen stripe rust in our region for several years. There have been population changes in the rust and it may be more aggressive than what we have seen in the past. We would be interested to know if you see it and what varieties get infected and the severity of the infection. Initially it might be found in a small area or several small areas but if the continued rain and cooler temperatures prevail it could spread quickly. If the wheat is past flowering, check fungicide labels for timing. See the next article for more information on stripe rust and effect on yield as well as fungicide choices.

 Close-up of stripe rust symptoms showing rust pustules in a line or stripe.

 Stripe rust on wheat.

Several more wheat samples were confirmed with Barley yellow dwarf virus. Most of the symptoms are mild but very widespread when it is found in a field. There is little impact on yield as best we know, but there is still much to learn about this virus in this region.

 Barley yellow dwarf showing reddening of flag leaf.

Wheat Disease Update
The following was written by Arv Grybauskas, Extension Plant Pathologist, University of Maryland and adapted for Delaware by Bob Mulrooney, Extension Plant Pathologist, University of Delaware

The risk of scab development this season has been very low and most of our wheat will be scab‐free or, at worst, have infection levels well below 10%. Vomitoxin levels should therefore be well below the 2 ppm threshold for acceptance at mills for most of the crop. The last few days, however, indicate that there are a couple of regions in the state that might still develop some scab. Much of the wheat in the hot spots in eastern Sussex County should be past flowering, and therefore past the label growth stage limitation for treatment with fungicides. However, there may be late planted fields or later developing varieties that can be treated. Leaf rust has been present on susceptible varieties since early spring but has been kept in check by unfavorable temperature or moisture conditions. It still has the potential to develop and spread if temperatures warm into the 80s at daytime and drop only to the mid‐60s at night as long as showers continue or dew and RH is high. Treatment of susceptible varieties may be warranted if leaf rust is present and is threatening to reach the flag leaves.

Stripe rust has also made an appearance this season. It was just confirmed in Dorchester and Caroline Counties in Maryland as well as in Delaware on Monday, May 7. These outbreaks are in small pockets (foci) in fields and their appearance is consistent with long‐distance spore transport from either NC or KY on storm fronts that came through about 2 weeks ago. Stripe rust, unlike leaf rust, requires cooler temperatures. In fact, at temperatures above 77°F lesions will stop producing spores and secondary spread is reduced, and at temperatures above 85°F the pathogen dies. The question now is, what is the potential damage and do I need to apply a fungicide? The short answer is, in my opinion, the worst‐case scenario for either rust disease (susceptible variety, and continuous disease favorable conditions through grain‐fill, and a focus of rust is present in the field now) would potentially produce a 10% yield loss. Realistically the weather will probably be less favorable sometime during grain fill so losses are more likely in the 1‐7% range (Table 1). For either rust disease it takes 7‐14 days to go through an infection cycle (infections giving rise to more spores that cause new infections) under ideal conditions. With that in mind, by the end of the grain‐fill period it is possible that the plants will look nasty (100% of the plants with 40 to 65% flag leaf severity) but between hard and soft dough stages this typically only produces 1 to 7% yield losses.

Table 1. Approximate Yield Loss in Relation to Severity of Rust on the Flag Leaf at Various Stages of Growth

Growth Stage Flag Leaf Area Infected with Rust
10% 25% 40% 65% 100%
Flowering 10 15 20 30 35
Milk 2 5 8 14 20
Soft dough 1 3 4 7 10
Hard dough 1 1 1 3 5

From: Hunger, B. and K. Jackson. Foliar Fungicides and Wheat Production in Oklahoma.

At this stage the only products that can be considered are triazole fungicides. The products registered for scab management, Prosaro and Caramba, are also effective against leaf and stripe rust. Rust susceptible wheat varieties that are still eligible for a fungicide application (pre‐ or just at flower) that are not at risk of developing scab may be sprayed with Folicur or a properly labeled generic tebuconazole product for rust control. Note that Prosaro, Caramba and Folicur have a 30 day Pre‐Harvest Interval as well as the growth stage restriction. Tilt has a 45 day PHI, and therefore would only be an option on earlier stage wheat where the risk of scab was low.

Wheat Disease Update – April 27, 2012

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Bob Mulrooney, Extension Plant Pathologist; bobmul@udel.edu

BYDMV
We have had several more reports and a sample of Barley yellow dwarf mosaic virus in wheat. Irregular patches of varying height reductions, yellowing and purple flag leaves indicate BYDMV infection. Since this virus is aphid transmitted there are no controls at this time.

Fusarium Head Blight
With the much needed rain that came and the forecast for more Thursday and possibly Saturday as well some have been asking about the possibility of head blight or scab appearing. The forecast at the present time is the probability is low. The corn residue on the surface needs to be wet for a long time before spores are produced that can infect the wheat at flowering and the temperatures need to be in the mid-70s for significant infection to occur. The temperatures have been and are too low now for infection. As long as the wheat flowers between now and next Wednesday when the forecast is for warmer temperatures the wheat will no longer be in a susceptible stage of development for scab to infect. I think the risk of scab it very low and specific sprays for scab control are unwarranted at this time.

Keep up to date with scab by visiting the website and using the 2012 Predictor. http://www.wheatscab.psu.edu/ This will be important if we should get more rain later in the week.  Make sure the predictor says 2012 across the banner. For some reason my browser is going back to the 2011 site. If you run into the same problem here is the 2012 link http://www.wheatscab.psu.edu/riskTool_2012.html

Leaf Rust & Stripe Rust
More of a possibility is the occurrence of some late season leaf rust and stripe rust. There has been stripe rust reported in NC earlier in the week and now a report of leaf rust and stripe rust from Mt. Holly, VA in university test plots. These reports are fairly close and after a big rain event like we had with some more possibly on the way we may see some develop within the next two weeks. If growers have a variety that is susceptible to leaf rust or stripe rust, there is a chance that we could see more rust two weeks from now depending on the temperatures. Again that might justify application of a fungicide at flowering if you have rust present now or are growing a susceptible variety. With the lack of water there may be undetected leaf rust in the lower canopy and with the recent rain there could be spread to the upper canopy. Be sure to get out and check the wheat before making a spray decision. Prosaro plus a non-ionic surfactant can be applied to wheat until 30 days before harvest; for scab control it needs to be applied at early flowering in 5 gal/A if applied by air. Tilt can only be applied until full head emergence. With the low risk of scab, strobilurin fungicides such as Headline and Quadris could also be considered for protection against leaf and stripe rust as well as tan spot, and the Septoria complex if those diseases are present, which have not been seen because of the dry weather. Be sure to check labels for application restrictions. Our past experience has shown that diseases that appear late (after flowering) usually do not have time to infect the upper leaves that are important for grain fill and reduce yield. If diseases are present in the canopy at flowering there is more of a risk of diseases reducing yield and/or quality of the grain.

Some information from Dr. Christina Cowger from USDA at NC State Unversity indicates that the following varieties are susceptible to stripe rust and might warrant spraying especially if any rust is present now. There are some gaps in our knowledge about susceptibility to stripe rust, so this is a very limited list of known susceptibility for varieties that are grown in the Mid-Atlantic:

Coker 9436, DG Shirley, NC Cape Fear, NC Neuse, NC Yadkin, P26R12, SS520, SS560, USG3209, USG3592, USG3665, SS8404

Freeze Injury
We just received a wheat sample from Kent County, DE with random bleached awns as well as tips of some heads. If you see some irregular bleaching of heads don’t panic about scab. We suspect at this point since no fungus appears to be present on this sample that the damage is from freezing. From spike emergence through flowering, freezing can cause symptoms that range from minimal bleaching of the awns to severe grain yield loss, depending on the duration and degree of freezing.(See Photo 3 in the article by Richard Taylor, “Another Risk of Frost on the Small Grain Crop”, which is in this issue of WCU) If normal kernel development does not occur, then freeze injury can be suspected.

Small Grain Disease Update

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Bob Mulrooney, Extension Plant Pathologist; bobmul@udel.edu

The dry weather and low humidity has been very unfavorable for diseases at the present time. There are still some fields of barley with powdery mildew and leaf rust. If they needed treatments they should have been treated by now. Wheat is looking a bit better in that powdery mildew levels are low and except for some barley yellow dwarf mosaic virus in some areas the crop looks good. Rainfall is desperately needed. The risk for Fusarium head blight or scab is low at the present time. To keep track of the threat of scab be sure to check the website http://www.wheatscab.psu.edu/.

Small Grain Diseases

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Bob Mulrooney, Extension Plant Pathologist; bobmul@udel.edu

Powdery Mildew on Small Grain
Be on the lookout for powdery mildew on ‘Thoroughbred’ barley and wheat. Powdery mildew has been seen on both within the last several weeks. ‘Thoroughbred’ barley is very susceptible to PM as you know and if the stand is thick and lush you will more than likely see it. Does it need to be controlled this early in the season? I think it depends on how many times you are willing to spray it. Dr. Arv Grybauskas did a trial last season looking at fungicide applications at jointing (GS6), flag leaf emergence (GS9) and flowering (GS10.5) Tilt (4.0 oz/A) was applied at GS 6 or 9 and Prosaro (6.5 fl. oz/A) was applied at GS 10.5. While all treatments gave a positive yield response in two trials, only the later applications gave a significant yield increase. It confirms what we have been saying about the importance of keeping the top two leaves free of disease and the positive relation to grain fill. This is true in wheat and susceptible barley like ‘Thoroughbred’. If you spray to control mildew at jointing you may have to come back again later because the control will not last season-long. Disease control later is more important for protecting the yield potential of the crop.

For powdery mildew on wheat, check areas of rank growth first to see if the disease is present in the field then revisit to see if it spreads. It is too early to consider control of powdery mildew (PM), but if it is present, keep scouting. Unless the variety is very susceptible the mildew does not move fast depending on the weather.

Rank areas, like the one pictured here that was infected with powdery mildew, should be checked often.

Close-up of powdery mildew as it looks now

Rust on Small Grain
Everyone has been wondering about the possible consequences of the warm winter and one consequence might affect wheat. Both leaf rust and stripe rust have been found in the South this winter. It has been mild and relatively moist depending on the location. This scenario is conducive for rust infections that get started in the southern production regions and blow north as the season progresses. With the early appearance down south, the mid-Atlantic area may see rusts early enough to be a threat. Keep your eyes open as the season progresses.

Small Grain Disease Prevention

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Bob Mulrooney, Extension Plant Pathologist; bobmul@udel.edu

Be sure that you plant wheat and barley varieties with high levels of disease resistance. Select varieties with high levels of resistance to powdery mildew, leaf rust and stripe rust. Seed should be treated with Baytan, Raxil, Dividend or other labeled product to protect plants from loose smut and common bunt. Varieties that are susceptible to powdery mildew should be treated with Baytan, Dividend, or other seed treatment fungicide that will protect them from early infection.

Small Grain Disease Update – May 27, 2011

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Bob Mulrooney, Extension Plant Pathologist; bobmul@udel.edu

Barley
The most prevalent diseases that can still be seen in areas where the barley has not returned yet are the spot blotch form of net blotch and powdery mildew. After checking the barley varieties today near Sandtown in western Kent County I don’t believe that net blotch will be affecting yields, but powdery mildew on unsprayed ‘Thoroughbred’ will reduce yields if the flag leaf is infected. There is some scab infected barley in Kent County.

Wheat
The wheat in the Kent County variety trial has tan spot moving in rapidly on some varieties. Most of the varieties are in the watery ripe stage of development and will not likely be adversely affected. Leaf rust was easily seen on a public variety ‘Rumor’. Powdery mildew in general was low in most varieties but was in the upper canopy on SS8302, Milton, Bravo, and USG3770. There is a low level of scab in the trial as well. If scab is going to appear it should be evident now or very soon depending on location. Low levels of scab (less than 1% of the heads infected and most of the infected heads were only partially infected) were present in 8 out of 45 varieties (around 18%).There is some sort of physiological spotting that could look like a disease but is probably a resistance reaction by the variety in response to a fungal infection. This spotting was evident on the following varieties at this Sandtown location: Merl, Sunburst,USG3665, USG3409, USG3251, and Grow Mark FS627.

 

Agronomic Crop Disease Update – May 13, 2011

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Bob Mulrooney, Extension Plant Pathologist; bobmul@udel.edu

Barley
Powdery mildew on ‘Thoroughbred’ is the most common disease at the present time. Fields with the top two leaves with mildew will have some yield reduction. After looking at the variety trials in Sussex County on Tuesday I could also find small amounts of leaf rust, barley scald and the spot form of net blotch. None of these should impact yield.

Wheat
Wheat is looking very good at the present time. There is very little disease present. A few unsprayed varieties have some powdery mildew that is confined to the lower leaves and leaf sheaths. A small amount of leaf rust was also spotted on one unsprayed variety on the lower leaves. Most of the wheat that I saw has flowered and with the dry weather in most of the southern parts of the state, it looks like head scab should not be a problem. In the northern areas of the state if we get showers this weekend we may have some opportunity for infection if wheat is flowering.

Barley scald

Soybeans and Soybean Cyst Nematode
It is still not too late to check for soybean cyst nematode especially if susceptible soybeans are going to be planted. Soil test bags with the submission form can be purchased at the Extension offices. If you need results quickly, test results can be sent via FAX or email if you provide the number or email address on the Nematode Assay Information Sheet. This information sheet can be found on the web at the Plant Clinic Website http://ag.udel.edu/extension/pdc/index.htm .

 

Small Grain Disease Update – May 6, 2011

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Bob Mulrooney, Extension Plant Pathologist; bobmul@udel.edu

Wheat
Be sure to keep scouting for the presence of diseases, especially powdery mildew, at this time. With the return of cooler temperatures and risk of showers and cloudy weather as well, powdery mildew could become a problem, especially in very thick stands of susceptible wheat. It is important to keep the uppermost two leaves as free of diseases as possible to protect yields. At the most, you can wait until you see 5-10% of the upper two leaves infected before applying a fungicide. Tilt, Stratego, Twinline, and Quilt can be applied as late as heads emerged but not yet flowering. If scab should be a concern this year it may be best to use only a triazole fungicide at heading through flowering to avoid mycotoxin issues if scab infection occurs. There is evidence that if fungicides containing strobilurins (Quilt, Twinline, Stratego) or strobilurins alone are applied during heading up to flowering, they can increase mycotoxin production if scab occurs during flowering. If a fungicide is needed as late as flowering for powdery mildew, Septoria leaf blotch, tan spot, or other disease and conditions are favorable for scab development consider applying Prosaro, Caramba, or Folicur for scab suppression and control of the other diseases just mentioned. For a table that rates the efficacy of fungicides for use on wheat diseases see the following link to the Kansas State fact sheet with the NCERA-184 ratings. This is a group of wheat pathologists from across the country that collaborates on wheat disease control. http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/library/plant2/ep130.pdf

Head Scab Risk Assessment Tool
Scab is still the one wheat disease that can cause major economic losses if weather conditions are favorable prior to and during flowering. The tools that we have to manage scab are limited but the use of rotation, resistant varieties and fungicides can help reduce the losses from scab should it appear. One of the tools that we have to help predict its occurrence and aid in making fungicide application decisions is the Head Scab Risk Assessment Tool that is found on the wheat scab website http://www.wheatscab.psu.edu/. The site provides information on how to use the tool and its limits.

 

Small Grain Disease Update – April 29, 2011

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Bob Mulrooney, Extension Plant Pathologist; bobmul@udel.edu

Wheat is developing rapidly with the recent increase in temperature. Be sure to keep scouting for the presence of diseases, especially powdery mildew, at this time. It is important to keep the uppermost two leaves as free of diseases as possible to protect yields. At the most, you can wait until you see 5- 10% of the upper two leaves infected before applying a fungicide. Tilt, Stratego, Twinline, and Quilt can be applied as late as heads emerged but not yet flowering.

If scab should be a concern this year it may be best to use only a triazole fungicide at heading through flowering to avoid mycotoxin issues if scab infection occurs. There is evidence that if fungicides containing strobilurins (Quilt, Twinline, Stratego) or strobilurins alone are applied during heading up to flowering, they can increase mycotoxin production if scab occurs during flowering. If a fungicide is needed as late as flowering for powdery mildew, Septoria leaf blotch, tan spot, or other disease and conditions are favorable for scab development consider applying Prosaro, Caramba, or Folicur for scab suppression and control of the other diseases just mentioned. For a table that rates the efficacy of fungicides for use on wheat diseases see the following link to the Kansas State fact sheet with the NCERA-184 ratings. This is a group of wheat pathologists from across the country that collaborates on wheat disease control. http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/library/plant2/ep130.pdf

Head Scab Risk Assessment Tool
Scab is still the one wheat disease that can cause major economic losses if weather conditions are favorable prior to and during flowering. The tools that we have to manage scab are limited, but the use of rotation, resistant varieties and fungicides can help reduce the losses from scab should it appear. One of the tools that we have to help predict its occurrence and aid in making fungicide application decisions is the Head Scab Risk Assessment Tool that is found on the wheat scab website http://www.wheatscab.psu.edu/. The site provides information on how to use the tool and its limits.

 

Viruses in Winter Wheat

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Bob Mulrooney, Extension Plant Pathologist; bobmul@udel.edu

The first winter wheat sample with virus symptoms arrived last week. It was sent for confirmation and was determined to be wheat soilborne mosaic virus. Wheat on the Delmarva can be infected by four possible virus diseases. The aphid-transmitted barley yellow dwarf mosaic virus is probably the most common, depending on how high aphid populations are in the fall and early spring. Often irregular patches of stunted wheat occur in wheat fields and as the season warms up infected young leaves will become yellow, and then turn red. Wheat spindle streak mosaic causes a yellow discoloration to wheat seedlings. This yellow discoloration is often most intense in low areas of the field. Leaves of infected plants have long, yellow streaks that are slightly wider in the middle than at their ends. Symptoms are similar to wheat soilborne mosaic and plants often are infected with both diseases. Winter wheat infected by wheat soilborne mosaic develops a pale-yellow discoloration shortly after breaking dormancy in the spring. The incidence of wheat soilborne mosaic is often greater in low areas of the field where moist soil conditions favor growth of the protozoa that spread this viral disease. Leaves of infected plants often have a mosaic pattern of dark green blotches on a pale greenish-yellow background. Symptoms will normally fade when warm temperatures slow the activity of the virus within infected plants. Control of both these soilborne diseases is by planting resistant varieties.

The least common virus disease of wheat that we see is wheat streak mosaic. Leaves of plants infected with wheat streak mosaic have bright yellow streaking. Symptoms are often most severe near the tip of the leaf. The virus that causes wheat streak mosaic survives in volunteer wheat and spreads by wheat curl mites. The disease is often most severe in areas of a field that are closest to these sources of the disease and mites.

Barley yellow dwarf mosaic virus

Wheat spindle streak mosaic virus

Wheat soilborne mosaic virus

Wheat streak mosaic virus
(Last three photos from Wheat Disease Identification published by NCERA-184, which will be available soon.)

It can be very difficult to positively identify these virus diseases especially early in the spring. They can look like other diseases or nutritional disorders. Testing of infected plants can help diagnose the problem to avoid repeating it in the future or eliminate other possible causes of the symptoms. Unfortunately by the time you see symptoms of these virus diseases there is no control of any of these diseases.