Helping wheat farmers to avoid wasting water and fertilizer on diseased crops

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When a farmer starts noticing he has disease in a wheat field, it doesn’t matter how much water or nitrogen is applied, it can be a waste, said Dr. Charlie Rush, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant pathologist in Amarillo.

“It’s a waste because the root system can’t take it up,” Rush said. “Anything you put on severely diseased wheat, you are wasting your time and resources and energy – it just doesn’t pay off for the current crop.”

But that doesn’t mean site-specific management isn’t possible, especially on plants infected later in the season which are still capable of producing good grain and forage yields, he said.

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