Category Archives: wheat

New wheat streak mosaic virus resistance genetic markers developed

Advancement made in battle of major disease in the Great Plains Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Shuyu Liu, 806-677-5600, Dr. Chor Tee Tan, 806-677-5600, AMARILLO – The Wsm2 gene is located on chromosome 3BS in wheat and most recently eight tightly linked flanking markers have been identified and mapped. To most, that means very little. To Texas A&M AgriLife Research geneticists and breeders, it’s the key to battling one of the most important biotic stresses affecting wheat. Dr. Shuyu Liu, AgriLife Research small grains… Read More →

Public wheat breeder consortium to be developed by USDA grant

Goal to make dramatic improvements to wheat yields Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Shuyu Liu, 806-677-5600, AMARILLO – Texas A&M AgriLife Research’s wheat genetic and breeding programs will have genes in play when a multi-state, multi-agency project establishes a nationally coordinated consortium to advance wheat yields. The Wheat Coordinated Agricultural Project, titled “Validation, characterization and deployment of QTL for grain yield components in wheat,” is a five-year project jointly funded by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and International Wheat Yield… Read More →

Winter wheat management critical to spring production

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5600, AMARILLO – The wheat may be planted, but there’s still a lot of work to do to maximize production, whether for forage, grain or both, said Dr. Jourdan Bell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist in Amarillo. Managing irrigation, in-season fertility, diseases and weeds will be critical for wheat producers who already face low crop prices and a predicted dry spring, Bell said. Wheat conditions across the Texas High Plains are variable going into the winter. “There… Read More →

Enhanced wheat curl mite control found in genes

AgriLife Research develops screening protocol Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Shuyu Liu, 806-677-5600, AMARILLO – The Texas High Plains high winds are known for causing more than just bad hair days; they are a major contributor to the spread of wheat curl mite–transmitted viral diseases in wheat. Cultural control is not very effective because the wind can spread the mites and thus devastating diseases such as wheat streak mosaic virus, said Dr. Shuyu Liu, Texas A&M AgriLife Research small grains geneticist in Amarillo. In a… Read More →

Wheat producers advised to take advantage of existing soil nitrogen

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Jake Mowrer, COLLEGE STATION – As producers across the state are planting winter wheat, it is important they consider crediting soil nitrogen in their management plans, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Dr. Jake Mowrer, AgriLife Extension state soil fertility specialist in College Station, said producers can save money in fertilizer costs by taking advantage of existing soil nitrogen and still make expected yield goals. Each year producers must determine what and how much nitrogen they will… Read More →

Texas wheat variety ‘Picks’ for High Plains, Rolling Plains released

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contacts: Dr. Calvin Trostle, 806-746-6101, Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5600, Dr. Emi Kimura, 940-552-9941 ext. 233, Dr. Clark Neely, 979-862-1412, AMARILLO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has released its “Picks” of annual grain wheat varieties for the 2016-2017 cropping season in the High Plains and Rolling Plains. Dr. Jourdan Bell, Dr. Calvin Trostle and Dr. Emi Kimura, AgriLife Extension agronomists from Amarillo, Lubbock and Vernon, respectively, along with statewide small grains and oilseed specialist Dr. Clark Neely, compiled… Read More →

Multi-County Wheat Tour set May 6 in Taylor, Callahan counties

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, Contact: Robert Pritz, 325-672-6048, ABILENE – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the Multi-County Wheat Tour beginning at 8:30 a.m. May 6 at the Taylor County variety test plots. The test plots are located off State Highway 351 on County Road 521, also known as Mesquite Lane. Robert Pritz, AgriLife Extension agent in Taylor County, said a stellar wheat growing season should make for an exciting and informative tour. “This season’s optimal growing conditions should really reveal what these wheat… Read More →

Hybrid wheat time has come

AgriLife Research breeder expects releases within five years Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Amir Ibrahim, 979-845-8274, COLLEGE STATION – There’s growing interest in hybrid wheat and Dr. Amir Ibrahim, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research wheat breeder in College Station, believes the time is right to make it available. Ibrahim has been working toward the development of hybrid wheat varieties since 2013, but wheat breeders first began looking at hybridization in wheat more than 50 years ago in the early 1960s, he said. “The price for… Read More →

Resisting rust in Texas

October 07, 2015 By Rup Chakravorty Wheat, from breads and pastries to beer and pastas, is an integral part of diets. Farmers produced about 730 million tons of wheat globally in 2014. It serves as the staple food for more than 35% of the world’s population – around 2.5 billion people – according to the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization. But wheat is vulnerable. Among the most damaging diseases that affect wheat crops across the world are rusts. The fungi that cause stem rust, leaf rust and… Read More →