North Carolina Small Grains Production
Stripe rust has arrived in North Carolina. Growers should be watching for the development of stripe rust "hot-spots" in their fields and be prepared to spray a triazole containing fungicide if needed to control this disease.
Information about fungicides for stripe rust and other wheat diseases can be found here!
Many growers are reporting that their wheat is not greening up after topdressing. Causes for this can include cold damage, nutrient deficiencies, and soil virus infections.
Hessian fly have been reported in wheat fields across the state. New control recommendations are available.
Herbicide resistant chickweed is being investigated and growers are encouraged to begin resistance managment practices for broadleaf weed control.
Stripe rust may be problematic this winter & spring.
Wheat acreage is likely to be up again this coming season, and seed supply of our most popular varieties may be limited. This crop update is a brief summery of wheat variety performance and characterisitcs to help growers sellect high yielding varieties for planting this fall.
Planting last fall began in early October and continued into December. Weather conditions have been unseasonably warm. This resulted in some wheat fields being well advanced, about to joint, and at risk of lodging. This alert covers options for managing "big wheat", including grazing, mowing, reducing nitrogen rates, and use of plant growth regulators.
Many acres of off color wheat are showing up around North Carolina. Causes of these symtoms include herbicide carry-over, very low soil pH, high soil pH, and manganese deficiencies. The warm weather has also resulted in rapid weed growth. This alert covers management options for diagnosing and treating "yellow wheat", and for controling broadleaf weeds, annual blue grass, and Italian ryegrass.