Traces of stripe rust reported in southern Alberta

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A total of 24 winter wheat fields in the Cardston-Lethbridge, Warner, Vulcan, Taber, Forty Mile and Cypress Counties were surveyed for stripe rust. Stripe rust was observed at trace levels in four fields in the Coaldale-Stirling, Warner areas and at low (five per cent) levels in one field near Cardston.

In the remainder of the fields, stripe rust was not detected. Producers are encouraged to monitor their  fields for any signs of the disease. The recent heavy rains could encourage rust development. A wait-and-see approach is advised for the time being. Weekly stripe rust surveys will continue throughout the summer.

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