2022 Wheat Midge Outlook
There may be fewer wheat midge flying around fields this spring. According to the recently released annual forecast maps, there is a decreased risk of the pest that is known to cause yield and quality losses.
HOW COULD MIDGE TOLERANCE BREAK DOWN?
WHAT IS A REFUGE?
WHAT IS IN THE MIDGE TOLERANT WHEAT STEWARDSHIP AGREEMENT?
The Stewardship Agreement for Midge Tolerant Wheat limits the use of farm-saved seed to one generation past Certified seed. It’s a simple step that keeps the interspersed refuge system at the proper level, preventing build-up of resistant midge. Without the refuge, we risk losing the one and only tolerant gene.
If you’re a retailer of Midge Tolerant Wheat, you’re required to complete the online Retailer Training Program before making any sales. It reviews the important steps that are necessary to protect Midge Tolerant Wheat technology and takes about 20 minutes from start to finish.
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