Wheat virus reaching epidemic levels in Nebraska Panhandle
June 30, 2017
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A wheat virus outbreak has reached epidemic levels and has been damaging fields and yields in the southern Nebraska Panhandle, authorities said.
The Nebraska Wheat Association earlier this month reported that as many as 85 percent of southern Panhandle fields have been affected by the wheat streak mosaic virus, particularly in Deuel and Garden counties.
The hard-red winter wheat popular in Nebraska is planted in the fall and harvested in the summer. But many southern Panhandle farmers gave up on their fields before the ongoing harvest and filed crop insurance claims....