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Area wheat producers hear update on UNL research


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For The Sun-Telegraph Justin McMechan, UNL graduate student, discusses research on over-summering hosts at the UNL High Plains Ag Lab field day. The plot in the background contains potential alternative hosts for the wheat curl mite, including pre-harvest wheat, post-harvest wheat, corn, foxtail millet, barnyardgrass, and green foxtail. Mite movement is monitored using trap cones.

Damage from the wheat streak mosaic virus costs wheat growers a lot of money in western Nebraska and other wheat-growing regions of the High Plains.

How do environmental conditions affect the spread of the virus and the risk of disease? Answering that question is one of the objectives of a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant project that is funding research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln High Plains Ag Lab (HPAL) near Sidney and other wheat-producing areas.

One of the goals of the USDA grant is improving risk assessment and forecasting for the mite-virus complex in wheat in the Grea...

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