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Stripe rust impacts local farmers | Preston Citizen

Stripe rust impacts local farmers

September 22, 2011


Assistant editor

Wheat is harvested on a West Side farm last month. Some farmers were greatly effected by the fungal disease.

For some wheat farmers in Franklin County, stripe rust reduced yields significantly this summer. Others didn’t see much impact from the fungal disease.

Extension agent Stuart Parkinson said many factors determine just how severe infestations are. Some of those include soil type, varieties planted, when the disease manifested this summer, and whether the crop was sprayed with fungicide.

Jim Naylor, who farms on the West Side, said his wheat stand looked really good all spring and summer. But when he got into the fields with his combine, things didn’t turn out quite like he had hoped.

“We were hoping for up to 100 bushel per acre and we only averaged around 60,” he said. “In one field, we only managed to get 40 bushels per acre.”  (See the full story in The Preston Citizen.)

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