Fact Sheet Available on Wheat Disease New to Kansas

Typically the No. 1 U.S. wheat-producing state, a recent finding in Kansas may upset the state’s grain yields. Wheat flag smut is a fungal disease that was recently found in a Rocks County field during routine crop monitoring by Kansas, and it has since been confirmed in dozens of other Kansas locations. While the percentage of infected tillers found in those fields have been low and the disease is relatively easy to manage, the Kansas Department of Agriculture is taking this discovery very seriously because of the potential trade implications. A working group has been formed to look at long-term solutions to address the issue.

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