Frances Gould, McClure, Olivia J. | 10/22/2014 1:13:59 AM
Tackling weed, insect and disease problems quickly is critical for farmers to avoid damage and maintain good yields. That’s why the LSU AgCenter is producing a wheat field guide that growers and consultants can use to easily determine solutions.
Frankie Gould, AgCenter communications director, said the guide contains general information, images and identifying characteristics of 18 weeds, six insects and 15 diseases. Seven diseases that affect oats are included as well.
The guide also has information on other issues that affect wheat, such as waterlogging, freeze damage, drift, nutrient deficiencies and vernalization. Relevant, more detailed sources on the AgCenter website, such as a weed management guide, are listed in the back.
"This is an important resource for producers, ag consultants and crop managers to quickly diagnose problems in fields," said Rogers Leonard, AgCenter associate vice chancellor for plant and soil science programs. "We are fortunate that the Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board had the vision to support the development of these materials for the Louisiana wheat industry."
The guide is a 72-page spiral bound book that measures 3 1/2 inches by 5 inches, making it easy to carry in the field. It is printed on moisture-resistant paper.
The guide will be ready in 2014. PDF and e-book formats of the guide will be available online. It will later be developed into an app for mobile devices similar to the AgCenter’s Soybean Field Guide. Olivia McClure
This article was published in the 2014 Louisiana Soybean & Grain Research & Promotion Board Report.
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