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Published July 12, 2009, 09:27 AM

Farmers keep a close eye on fungus infection

(WDAY TV) - It's that time of year again when farmers are facing severe problem in their fields, scab, a fungus infection.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

(WDAY TV) - It's that time of year again when farmers are facing severe problem in their fields, scab, a fungus infection.

Most farmers have already sprayed with fungicide to stop infections, but more moisture could create more problems. Wheat is most vulnerable to disease now and farmers are keeping a close eye on their fields for fungus.

Scab shows up as a tan colored kernel in or near the head of wheat. Once it shows up it's already too late.

“It becomes a damaged kernel, which is a discount factor at the elevator, reduces the test weight; it can be very detrimental if there's a lot of it.”

Many older fungicides are cheaper this year. Some cost about 75 percent an acre less than other years.

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