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S.E. Idaho growers brace for stripe rust pressure

Stripe rust has surfaced in SouthEast Idaho after a cool, damp, spring.

AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho — Cereal crop experts have discovered stripe rust infections in three areas of southeast Idaho and warn cool, wet weather could result in heavy disease pressure this season.

“Last year was a moderate year for stripe rust, but the susceptible varieties were hit hard,” said University of Idaho Extension cereals pathologist Juliet Marshall. “I suspect higher disease pressure this year.”

Marshall said the potentially devastating fungal disease, spread by orange and yellow airborne spores, has been widespread in Logan, Utah, with infections continuing north into Preston, Idaho.

Stripe rust has also been reported in the Seagull Bay area near American Falls Reservoir and in Arbon Valley.

“If it’s locally established very early in the season, there’s a higher chance of it exploding,” Marshall said. “Our (recent) cool, wet weather and cool nights are really good for stripe rust to continue to expand.”

In recent weeks, Marshall said stripe rust has spread into California, Oregon and Washington, and heavier spore loads could soon blow into Idaho.

Marshall said no stripe rust has been found yet in UI cereal variety trials in Aberdeen and Tetonia.

About a month ago, Chris Merrigan, a crop consultant with J.R. Simplot, Co., confirmed stripe rust in a field in the Seagull Bay area near American Falls Reservoir. Merrigan said between 10 and 20 percent of the irrigated field, planted in a resistant wheat variety, was infected.

However, Merrigan said the field was planted in wheat for consecutive seasons, elevating the infection risk, and he doesn’t believe a fungicidal seed treatment was used. Merrigan said spring grain growers still have time to mix fungicides with their herbicide sprays to prevent the spread of stripe rust, and he urges them to do so.

Lonnie Sparks, a crop consultant with CHS Bingham Cooperative, identified stripe rust in downy brome growing between two irrigated spring wheat fields in Arbon Valley. Based on the discovery, Sparks said the grower mixed fungicide with herbicide used on fall wheat fields planted in a susceptible variety, Brundage, and plans to spray fungicides on his spring wheat as well. Sparks also advised the grower to kill the weeds with a mixture of glyphosate herbicide and fungicide.

Marshall said she’s beginning to see cases of root rot in fall wheat fields that were heavily saturated with moisture, as well as pythium outbreaks in spring wheat. Pythium is a water mold that thrives when crops are planted in cool, wet soils, and can cause heavy damage to newly emerging crops with undeveloped root systems.

The good news, Marshall said, is that barley yellow dwarf virus doesn’t appear to be widespread in Idaho this year, as it has been during the past few seasons. Marshall said the virus, which is spread by aphids, has been confirmed in a few fall barley fields in the Murtaugh, Rupert and Burley areas. She believes growers have minimized the spread by delaying planting of fall crops until aphid migrations have passed and by using insecticidal seed treatments.

This story was originally printed by John O’Connell at the Captial Press:

School Board Minutes / Expenses

April 11, 2017

The Arbon School Board met on April 11th at 7:00 p.m.  Members Jake Evans, Jessica Ward were present as were Debbie Curry, and clerks Christie Evans and Cheri Evans.

The motion was moved by Jake and seconded by Jessica to approve the agenda. The motion was moved by Jessica and seconded by Jake to approve the March minutes. The bills were reviewed.  The motion was moved by Jake and seconded by Jessica to approve them.  The total M & O expenses for April $23,579.92. The school received $12,855.00 from the State Department of Education, $31.35 from property taxes, $21.45 from Federal Forest funds and $149.32 from interest on investments. The school M & O balance is $277,795.68. The Plant Facility received $32.09 from interest the Plant Facility balance is $54,529.98. The motion was moved by Jake and seconded by Jessica to approve the financial statement.

April 13th is the scheduled date for the school to go into American Falls for school pictures and a field trip after. Also, in April Mike Sanders will be giving a presentation on bullying. The presentation will be April 20th, 2017.

The board members approved for Debbie Curry to attend the Professional Development Tour end of next school year. Also, Debbie announced that Grayson Williams placed 1st place in a state wide photo contest and also received 1st place Honorable mention.  He will be traveling with his family to Boise, Idaho on April 28th to receive the award(s).  The week of April 17th, IRI testing will be conducted. The week of April 24th ISAT testing will start and will run for two weeks if needed.

Only one candidate turned in a petition. Jason Williams is declared the trustee for the Pauline zone. Everyone was in favor for a security camera system for the school.  The equipment has been ordered.

The 2017-2018 school year budget hearing is scheduled for June 13th, 2017 at 7 pm.

The next meeting will be held May 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. The motion was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting.  The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Approved May, 9, 2017