Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Stripe Rust Webinar Tomorrow -- Wednesday, April 4

The Idaho Wheat Commission will be presenting a web-based grower education seminar (webinar) on Stripe Rust on Wednesday, April 4 at 7:30 a.m. MDT. The webinar will be approximately one hour. Participation is free! Log onto the website at http://connect.cals.uidaho.edu/wheat (requires Adobe Flash Player which is installed on most computers) and enter your name as a participant. Guest presenter Juliet Marshall, Associate Professor of Agronomy and Cereals Cropping Systems at the University of Idaho, Department of Plant, Soils and Entomological Sciences will look at the stripe rust epidemic in 2011 and how the disease reduced yields and increased production costs in both winter and spring wheat. Marshall will review the life cycle of the disease, the unusual environmental conditions that allowed the epidemic to develop, and examine the potential for a repeat performance in the upcoming year. We will look at various control recommendations, including the selection of resistant varieties, fungicide applications, and various production practices that can reduce the infection and spread in the upcoming cropping season.

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