Disease damage to wheat can greatly impair productivity and sometimes destroy a crop. Direct losses to disease include reduction in plant stands, lodging, spotted kernels, and fewer and smaller grains per plant and a general reduction in plant efficiency. Indirect losses include the cost of fungicides used to manage disease, application costs, reduced yields associated with special cultural practices that reduce disease but may not be conducive to producing maximum yields.Disease control is based on several steps including the correct identification, understanding the disease’s epidemiology, and utilizing host resistance, cultural management, and chemical control. Please click on the links located in the box below to obtain information on correct wheat disease scouting, identification, and management practices and additional wheat disease information.
For additional information on wheat diseases and their control please contact:Dr. Donald E. GrothResearch Plant PathologistRice Research StationGuy (Boyd) PadgettReseearch Plant PathologistMacon Ridge Research StationDr. Clayton A. HollierExtension Plant PathologistDepartment of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology