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Rain Brings Rust Disease Challenges For Wheat Producers as Dale Clark, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Encourages Producers to Pick Resistant Varieties

Mon, 17 May 2021 10:05:51 CDT

Rain Brings Rust Disease Challenges For Wheat Producers as Dale Clark, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Encourages Producers to Pick Resistant Varieties Rain can be a double-edged sword for Oklahoma wheat producers said Dale Clark, senior breeder and program manager for Nutrien Ag Solutions.

Clark was interviewed at the recent OSU wheat field day in LaHoma by Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director and Editor KC Sheperd.

The wheat looks really good around here, he said.

Rains mean rust disease and it is probably too late in this area, he said, but further north in Kansas farmers have sprayed for rust.

Rust disease can knock yields by 15-20 percent, he noted.

Resistant varieties are important but that can take a long time so in the meantime Clark encourages producers to spray for rust disease.

Clark’s company, Nutrien Ag Solutions, has several viable options for wheat producers.

We’ve got one variety that will help control weed problems, he said, noting his job for Nutrien Ag Solutions is to find new varieties to meet farmers’ needs.

I think the biggest obstacles farmers have now is weed control and stripe rust, he said.

He encouraged producers to find the right variety and consulting agronomist to help find the right solutions.

You can click on the listen bar below to hear more of KC’s interview with Dale Clark.


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