NDSU Extension Cereal Plant Pathologist Andrew Friskop has three diseases in wheat that he’s worried about. “The most problematic disease in 2022 was bacterial leaf streak followed by scab and fusarium head blight. Most of the head diseases were kept in check and I think growers did a good job managing fungicides.” Friskop says ergot is a relatively new disease that’s migrated to the Upper Midwest, but it hasn’t been a huge problem yet. Conversations on ergot started in 2018, but no epidemic fields sprouted this year. Friskop says the disease was most commonly found on field edges.
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