Wheat Disease Hits Missouri Crops

July 29, 2015 05:00 AM
Wheat Disease Hits Missouri Crops

The University of Missouri Extension Service says continued wet weather has led to serious problems in the state's wheat fields.

Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute director Pat Westhoff says farmers have had a hard time harvesting the wheat crop, and disease now is making it hard or even impossible to sell.

He says the Wheat Belt has been hit by vomitoxin, which in higher concentrations causes feed refusal and poor weight gain in some livestock. Vomitoxin levels are high enough in much of the affected wheat that grain elevators won't accept it.

Westhoff says making things even worse is that the large global wheat crop has kept prices lower than producers had hoped. The good news for consumers is that prices for wheat products likely won't go up.

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