On Thursday, the latest Arkansas Wheat Newsletter was released. Included in the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture release is a review of current crop conditions, glyphosate drift issues and disease.

Wheat overview

From Jason Kelley, wheat and feed grains Extension agronomist:

The wheat crop continues to make rapid growth development. According to the April 4Arkansas Agricultural Statistics Service crop report 5 percent of the wheat crop had headed, which was near the 5-year average, but ahead of last year’s pace.

Dry weather continues across the state with nearly all counties being classified as being in a drought. However, the dry winter and spring so far has been beneficial to our wheat crop with 68 percent of the crop being reported in good to excellent condition.

Stripe rust has been found in multiple locations in central and southeast Arkansas (the first week of April). Stripe rust levels within infected fields have been low in most instances; however hot spots have been found in susceptible varieties in Desha and Arkansas counties of Southeast Arkansas.

Wheat varieties that stripe rust has been found on include: AGS 2060, AgriPro Beretta, AgriPro W-1377, Armor 260Z, Armor Renegade, Dixie 427, Hornbeck 3266, Progeny 185, and Ranger.

Glyphosate drift complaints have been widespread with many of the calls coming from central Arkansas this week.

The Wheat Research Verification program summary below provides a good indication of growth stages, foliar disease and glyphosate drift incidence that we are seeing in wheat fields across the state at this time.