The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research awarded $50,000 to the Kansas Wheat Commission Research Foundation for research and outreach to mitigate damage from wheat streak mosaic. The grant is being matched by the Kansas Wheat Commission for a total of $120,000. Research will be conducted by Kansas State University research and extension specialists. Wheat streak mosaic is a viral disease threatening wheat yields across Kansas and the High Plains. Although management methods for wheat streak mosaic are known, farmers continue to see an annual 5 percent yield loss caused by viruses including wheat streak mosaic. Some producers have documented hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses to wheat streak mosaic. "Wheat streak mosiac is yet another challenge that Kansas producers have faced; in 2017 the disease cost Kansas nearly 80 million dollars," said Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan.
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