growing winter wheat

Resistance to diseases common to your area and/or farming practices is another important consideration when deciding on a winter wheat variety. If you are in an area that commonly struggles with rusts, there are varieties that provide resistance to stem, stripe, and leaf rust. If wheat streak mosaic virus is a concern due to past occurrence or tight wheat rotations, there are other varieties available with resistance to the wheat curl mite, the vector of this disease. Producers in areas where Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) is an issue should also be aware that, although winter wheat can avoid this disease in many years, there are varieties that offer genetic resistance.