Yellow rust (Puccinia striiformis)
The disease is also called stripe rust. Yellow or orange-yellow pustules develop on the glumes or chaff, on the leaves, and on the leaf sheaths. These lesions are arranged in parallel lines along the leaves. The disease may also attack the stems and the kernels. Infected leaves show distinct chlorosis. Damage to the disease is most serious, if plants are attack at milk stage or earlier. Under severe infection kernels may be shrivelled. Rapid disease spread is favoured by warm weather with frequent rainfall. Yellow rust also attacks barley, rye, and over 60 species of grasses.
- Plant resistant varieties, if available.
- Control weeds.
- Avoid cropping of wheat in succession.