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ISSUE DATE: 05/26/2014

Stopping the 'little guy' in his tracks

By Jennifer M. Latzke

We usually want to root for the little guy.

But when the “little guy” is the wheat curl mite and he’s helping viruses like wheat streak mosaic get a toehold in your wheat field, that sense of fair play goes out the window.

Take one look at wheat curl mites and they don’t look that menacing. But, when these mites take on wheat plants, they can stress the plants—opening the doors to viruses like wheat streak mosaic that can devastate a wheat field. Wheat yield loss caused by wheat curl mites and the viral diseases they spread can take up to 100 percent of a field, and they’ve been tallied at 7 percent of Texas’ statewide wheat yield losses, explained Shuyu Liu, a Texas AgriLife Research small grains geneticist in Amarillo, Texas.

“We can estimate the viral disease incidence and severity visually, but the wheat curl mite is invisible by the naked eye,” Liu said. “Wheat curl mite carrying viruses can be spread by wind and temperature also affects the mite movement and the viral diseases infection process.”


NEWS

Farmers get probation in fatal listeria outbreak
Follow food safety tips this summer when grilling
Gates grant helps UNL scientist harness discovery to aid African farmers
Manage nuisance plants in ponds and lakes
Missouri 'farm bill' passes House, moves to Senate
New bee cam is buzzing
Producers encouraged to donate bushels for books
Propane industry recovers from tough winter
USDA designates 13 counties in Kansas as primary natural disaster areas
USDA funding to help grow rural businesses, spur economic development
USDA seeks applications to help disadvantaged farmers

CROPS

A peck of pretty peppers
Agronomy graduate students sweep awards at regional conference
Canola field tours see effects of spring freeze, hail
Canyon Wind Cellars wins best of show in annual Colorado wine contest
CAWG announces scholarship winners
Colorado Department of Agriculture leads back to back successful trade missions
Conservation compliance still required for USDA farm program benefits
Cool weather slows weed burndown
Douglas County Conservation District accepting state cost-share applications
Dry bean growers surveyed about great northern bean production
Grain prices lower while livestock prices increase
Grants awarded to support Colorado agriculture
Insecticide granted emergency use exemption in Louisiana, Oklahoma for sorghum
Kansas Farm Bureau awards scholarships
KDA kicks off annual photo contest
Krissek to lead Kansas Corn
Manhattan to host National Walnut Council Meeting
Monsanto pledges sustainability innovations with Walmart, others
NMSU invites professional landscapers to subsurface drip irrigation workshop
Record biodiesel production adds to soybean farmers' ROI
River Valley Extension District to host wheat plot tours in June
Scientists warn growers about explosive populations of new grain sorghum pest
Second crops workshop scheduled in Red Rock
Sorghum foundation releases new germplasm from conversion program
Spring Crops Field Day planned May 29 in Parsons
Stopping the 'little guy' in his tracks
UNL Extension tractor safety course offered in June in Gering
Vegetable planting calendar a must for all gardeners

LIVESTOCK

2014 4-H District Horse Shows start in June
3 earn scholarships from Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation
4 awards presented at NIAA annual conference
ABBA promotes Brahman influence crossbreeding at F1 Field Day in Joplin
Alliance welcomes new staff, board members
Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers honor Honorary Life Member
Cattle on feed numbers released
Colorado horse tests positive for Equine Herpes Myeloencephalitis
Egg Industry Center looking to fund research
Feedlot school series will highlight management tools and techniques
Find Iowa's Best Burger at Brick City Grill in Ames
International Beef Cattle Welfare Symposium set July 16-18
Jensen awarded KLF's Cancrete Cattle Waterer scholarship
Livestock owners need to be alert for 'hardware disease'
Military veterans set to participate in Mustang Mentors in spring 2014
National Jersey youth scholarship applications due July 1
National Western names new directors
National Western reveals redevelopment study
OSU to host NIRA rodeo for upcoming season
PEDv affects pork industry financially, emotionally
Register for 2014 Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open
Roughstock rodeo camp offered June 14 in Dodge City
State veterinarian reminds producers of livestock interstate travel requirements
Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course set Aug. 4-6
Tight cattle supplies cited as cause for layoff at packing plant
World Pork Expo seminars provide information and insights

EDITOR

Anti-government angst
Encouraging outliers of the social trend
Freedom is not free
Here's to real heroes

COLUMNS

Company launches pressure-compensating sprinkler
Farmers unite
Firm to distribute pre-plant seed treatment
Hoping the rain chance comes to fruition
Memorials and memories
New herbicides help early season weed control
Work ethic

MARKETS

Apache livestock auction report
Cold temps in some areas stressing crops, livestock New Mexico
Cool conditions slow pasture growth South Dakota
Cool temps slow crop development Kansas
Cool, dry conditions prevail Colorado
Corn planting progresses despite cool, wet conditions Minnesota
Dodge City livestock sales report
Ericson livestock auction report
Frost in some counties Missouri
Georgia livestock auction summary
Grain bids close lower
Grain market close
Hay trade active
High Plains slaughter news report
Joplin livestock auction report
Most hay prices remain steady
Much needed rainfall received in some areas Texas
North Arkansas livestock auction report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Precipitation improves topsoil moisture supplies Nebraska
Precipitation spread throughout state Arkansas
Rainfall provided little relief Oklahoma
Salina livestock auction report
Storms slow fieldwork Iowa
Warm, mostly dry days allow fieldwork to catch up Montana

RANGE

Are you scouting for alfalfa weevil in your fields?
August range schools cover adaptive management, profitability topics
Rangeland, pasture management training planned by CSU
The smokescreen lifted on post-fire land management
Weed-free forage offers new opportunities

FAMILY

Burlington FFA members 'Ignite' success at state convention
Exterior as spacious as interior of Festive
Kids learn through play
Meditation
Stick 'em Up!
Workshop to offer tips on shade gardening

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