Recent rains leave wheat with wet feet across Northern Plains
Assess first. Under the current conditions, it is especially important to assess fields for moisture before spraying. Herold said growers should make sure their wheat has a green hue. A yellow hue could mean a nutrient deficiency, possible diseases or other potential issues. “In addition, if there is standing water on the field, it is wise to let the crop have a little sun to start photosynthesizing before making a fungicide application,” she advised.
Apply a proactive fungicide to mitigate stress and defeat disease. Because wet, cool conditions are a breeding ground for yield threats, such as stripe rust and powdery mildew, Herold strongly recommended a preventive application of a fungicide, such as Quilt® or Quilt Xcel®. “Not only does this protect against diseases that thrive in these conditions, but it also provides physiological benefits key to mitigating stress,” she said. “These benefits allow the wheat crop to better use the sun’s energy, increase water-use efficiency and enhance green leaf area.”
It’s not too late for weed control. Herold suggested growers in the Northern Plains consider an application of a herbicide like Axial® XL to keep tough-to-manage grass weeds under control. “Grass weeds can rob significant yield early in the season and as they grow they become more difficult to control. However, Axial XL has a wide application window and has proven it can control weeds at various growth stages. It is ideal for wheat growers this year,” she said.