South Carolina Wheat: Pee Dee Field Are Flowering

    Image from Justin Ballew, Clemson University

    Despite a little cold damage, we have a lot of good looking wheat out there.  A lot of our wheat is in the flowering stage right now.


    The tillers that were damaged by the cold have mostly turned brown now and are difficult to notice unless you get down in the canopy and look.  So everything we see heading is healthy and escaped the cold.  The photo below shows some heads flowering.  You can see the anthers hanging off the heads.  This is the stage when the heads are most susceptible to Fusarium head scab.


    Wheat heads flowering.

    There is a little rust out there and we haven’t quite gotten hot and dry enough for the powdery mildew to slow down, so if you haven’t thought about fungicides yet, you need to.  Most labels either have a 30-45 day PHI or don’t allow applications after flowering.


    For a look at what is labeled for disease control, take a look at the Small Grain Disease Control section of the 2017 Pest Management Guide.

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