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Published July 06, 2009, 09:32 AM

Wet June causes scab worries in ND wheat

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota wheat farmers are being told to check their fields for signs of scab disease, which is brought on by wet weather when the plants are flowering.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota wheat farmers are being told to check their fields for signs of scab disease, which is brought on by wet weather when the plants are flowering.

The grain-withering fungus called fusarium head blight has cost state farmers billions of dollars in past years.

North Dakota State University plant pathologist Marcia McMullen says wet weather in June has caused some worries, and the first weeks of July will be an important time for the state's wheat crop.

McMullen says dry weather last week eased some of the worry, but there will still be concerns until the later-planted crops have flowered.

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