Wheat streak mosaic virus threatens wheat yields and quality in Kansas and the High Plains. FFAR awarded $50,000 to the Kansas Wheat Commission for research and outreach to mitigate its damage.
This grant supports updated management practices for wheat farmers threatened by this disease and identification of the best available disease-resistant wheat varieties.
Recently, progressively warmer fall temperatures extending well into November have elevated the risk of frequent and severe outbreaks of wheat streak mosaic. The financial impact of crop yield losses caused by the virus are magnified by low commodity market prices driven by a global surplus.