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Posted 20 July 2009. PMN Crop News.

Kansas State Unveils New Wheat Variety Disease and Insect Ratings Publication

Source: Kansas State University Press Release.

Manhattan, Kansas (July 6, 2009)--Genetic resistance is the most effective and economical means of reducing the risk of yield losses resulting from disease and insect pests in Kansas, according to Kansas State University scientist Erick DeWolf.


"Each year researchers and Extension specialists at K-State summarize the reactions of the most common wheat varieties to 12 diseases, including leaf rust and stripe rust, which are among the most damaging disease problems in the state," said DeWolf, who is a plant pathologist with K-State Research and Extension.

To help producers and others learn how those wheat varieties performed in various places throughout the state, K-State recently posted the electronic version of the Wheat Variety Disease and Insect Ratings, 2009 on the Web, at:

K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus in Manhattan.

Elaine Edwards