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Winter wheat showing signs of disease stress

Published: May. 4, 2021 at 11:06 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Winter wheat is showing signs of disease stress. Stripe rust has been observed in northern Oklahoma and central Kansas. Several instances of diseases moving into Kansas have been cited near Leoti in western Kansas, as well as near Great Bend in central Kansas. Stripe rust is occurring on susceptible varieties. The disease is confirmed as far north as Interstate 70 in central Kansas.

Despite complaints the Trump administration needlessly uprooted them, two USDA research agencies will stay in Kansas City rather than return to the D.C. area, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday. “What we’re trying to do is limit the level of disruption” and rebuild a workforce decimated by the abrupt relocation carried out in 14 months, he said. Hundreds of employees, some of them experts in their fields, quit their jobs at the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in 2019 when told to relocate halfway across the country.

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