With the absolutely stunning warm temperatures here in November come some interesting issues from the agronomy side. One of these was just relayed to me by an agronomist at our Chamberlain location. Winter wheat, but also winter wheat pests are still actively growing out in the fields and may need attention.

Bird cherry oat aphids, the vector for barley yellow dwarf virus, have been found in large enough numbers that treatment is being considered. With the warm weather forecast for the next week or so, I would strongly consider monitoring fields for both aphids and even grasshoppers, which I have seen being active yet. If aphid numbers are near threshold I would consider treatment. The loss from barley yellow dwarf virus can be very significant, and the risk of infection is fairly high.

Keep an eye on your winter wheat and contact your Wheat Growers Agronomist with questions or for more information.