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Wheat Diseases

Wheat diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms such as fungi, bacteria, viruses and nematodes. Commonly occurring diseases can be grouped into foliar and head diseases, soilborne diseases, and virus caused diseases. Some diseases are relatively easy to diagnose because symptoms are characteristic and obvious. Others may be difficult to diagnose without microscopic or laboratory analysis. An accurate diagnosis is the first step toward achieving satisfactory control.

Disease diagnosis and recommendations for control measures should be verified with your county agent or the Agricultural Extension Service in Little Rock. The University of Arkansas Plant Disease Management Guide (MP389) contains the latest recommendations. Disease resistant wheat varieties are available in some cases. The most recent issue of Arkansas Wheat Performance Tests and Variety Selection provides current information. A glossary of selected terms related to the discussion of crop diseases is included here.

Mention of a trade name or specific wheat variety does not imply endorsement by the University of Arkansas.


Foliar and Head Disease
Soil Borne Disease
Virus Caused Disease


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