Soil-borne mosaic virus appears early in NE Oregon wheat

Soil-borne mosaic wheat virus has been detected four weeks earlier than last year by OSU researchers in northeast Oregon.

Scientists are cautioning wheat farmers in northeast Oregon about the early return of a pernicious, stunting disease that can reduce yields by as much as 41 percent.

Christina Hagerty, an Oregon State University assistant professor and plant pathologist at the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center, said soil-borne wheat mosaic virus has arrived four weeks earlier than last year at a disease resistance nursery near Milton-Freewater, Ore.

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