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Spread of stripe rust to Edmonton-area cause for concern, says winter wheat researcher

Producers across the province need to start scouting their winter wheat fields for signs of stripe rust

Reading Time: 3 minutes Stripe rust overwintering on three winter wheat fields in the Edmonton area is “concerning,” says a provincial winter wheat agronomist. “Last year, stripe rust overwintered in the central Alberta region, near Lacombe, Red Deer, and Olds, which was alarming because it really hasn’t overwintered in years,” said Janine Paly of Ducks Unlimited Canada. “Last year, […] Read more

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Stripe rust update for southern and central Alberta

Reading Time: < 1 minute Stripe rust continues to be reported in southern and central Alberta. Eric Amundsen at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lethbridge surveyed winter wheat fields for stripe rust last week and reported finding the disease in five of 12 fields (two in Cardston County, one field in each of Lethbridge County, County of Warner and M.D. […] Read more


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Winter wheat stripe rust update

Four Alberta counties reporting, fungicide applications may be necessary in some cases

Reading Time: < 1 minute Stripe rust on winter wheat has now been reported in the following counties: Cardston, Lethbridge, Lacombe, and Warner. Additionally, there was a report of potential stripe rust in the Edmonton area and there is some evidence that stripe rust overwintered in Alberta again this year. Frequent scouting of winter wheat fields across the province is […] Read more

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Stripe rust alert in Alberta

Disease found in Oregon three weeks earlier than ever recorded

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta Agriculture plant pathologist Mike Harding has issued a bulletin noting that stripe rust alerts have been issued for Oregon and Montana. A Jan. 19 Capital Press story says stripe rust has been discovered in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Oregon State University plant pathologist Chris Mundt and three extension researchers issued an alert Jan. 19 informing […] Read more


South sees overwintering stripe rust

South sees overwintering stripe rust

Early-seeded winter wheat appears to be more susceptible even when resistant varieties are used

Reading Time: 2 minutes Researchers are continuing to monitor plots and a few fields for stripe rust survival throughout the winter and early spring. Evidence of overwintering stripe rust was found last year in central Alberta, and Agriculture Canada researcher Denis Gaudet has extended his stripe rust survey this winter to include some evaluations in southern Alberta. Eight winter […] Read more

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Trouble looming if there’s another cool, wet spring

Four to Watch: Increasing disease levels over the last few years could lead to 
big-time outbreaks if the environmental conditions are right

Reading Time: 3 minutes This much is known. “We’re not going to have a disease-free year — that’s for sure,” said Michael Harding, a research scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. “The environment will determine how much we see and which pathogens have the ability to cause the most serious issues.” And just what kind of environment — […] Read more


Stripe rust spread slowing, spring wheat fields most affected

Stripe rust spread slowing, spring wheat fields most affected

Pest surveillance branch update August 7, 2014

Reading Time: 2 minutes Mike Harding, AARD – Twenty-four spring wheat fields were surveyed for stripe rust in the Lethbridge, Warner, Taber and Forty Mile counties of southern Alberta. The continuing hot, dry weather has generally slowed the spread of the disease. Among spring wheat fields surveyed, stripe rust was observed in 58 per cent with average stripe rust […] Read more

Stripe rust update: July 24, 2014

Stripe rust update: July 24, 2014

Weather providing good infection conditions, but development progressing slowly

Reading Time: < 1 minute Dr. Denis Gaudet at AAFC-Lethbrige, and his crew, surveyed fourteen winter wheat and 22 spring wheat fields were surveyed for stripe rust in the Lethbridge, Warner, Taber, Forty Mile and Cypress counties of southern Alberta. Regular thunder showers and cool evening temperatures have provided good infection conditions for development of stripe rust. However, stripe rust […] Read more


Stripe rust update: July 9, 2014

Reading Time: 2 minutes Stripe rust continues to spread through commercial winter wheat fields. It has now been reported in southern Alberta by Dr. Denis Gaudet (AAFC-Lethbridge), in Lacombe/Red Deer/Olds by Dr. Kequan Xi (AARD-Lacombe), in Whitecourt/Edson (anonymous) and all the way up in Beaverlodge by Dr. Kelly Turkington (AAFC-Lacombe). Stripe rust at the levels observed, and at the […] Read more

Southern Alberta stripe rust survey

June 30 to July 3, 2014

Reading Time: 2 minutes Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development – Dr. Denis Gaudet, and his crew from the Lethbridge Research Centre, surveyed twenty-three fields of winter wheat for stripe rust in the Lethbridge, Cardston, Taber, Forty Mile and Cypress counties. Two fields in the Cardston and Welling regions  were observed with 60 per cent incidence (55 per cent severity) and 33 […] Read more