Industry group warns growers to scout fields after stripe rust spotted in Kansas wheat crops

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WICHITA, Kansas — Industry leaders are warning winter wheat growers about a growing threat to their crop from stripe rust moving across Kansas.

The industry group Kansas Wheat said Friday a heavy infestation of the disease has been reported in southeast Kansas near Altamont and more moderate cases have also surfaced in Labette around Labette County.

Kansas State Research and Extension also reports stripe and leaf rust may be active in Barber, Ottawa, Allen, Bourbon and Anderson counties.

The disease has the potential to cause losses of 40 percent or more to a wheat crop when it occurs prior to heading on some varieties.

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