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Wheat

–by Dr. Jeff Whitworth and Dr. Holly Schwarting

Some winter grain mite infestations have been noted in the last 7-10 days.  These seem to become evident every fall, especially under dry conditions, but don’t warrant a pesticide application.  Moisture and/or colder weather will alleviate these infestations, at least until warmer spring weather returns.  For more information on winter grain mites, please visit: http://entomology.k-state.edu/extension/insect-information/crop-pests/wheat/winter-grain-mite.html

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Volunteer Wheat

–by Dr. Jeff Whitworth and Dr. Holly Schwarting

Frequent rain over the last few weeks has played havoc with volunteer wheat control.  Each rain seems to bring another flush of volunteer.

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This is an ideal situation for most wheat pests, i.e. Hessian flies, winter grain mites, wheat curl mite, and the wheat aphids (mainly greenbugs, bird cherry oat and English grain) as well as the pathogens they may vector.  Thus, please remember to destroy all volunteer at least 2 weeks prior to planting to help manage these pests.

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