Stripe rust fungus found near Douglas

Douglas County

Stripe rust, a fungus that affects wheat, barley and some perennial grasses, was found Monday in eight different fields near Douglas, Pear Hill and Leahy Junction.

The abnormally cool temperatures and wetter conditions this year allowed the rust to gain a foothold, and the cool, wet forecast will continue for the next several weeks.

The Washington State University Douglas County Extension is advising that farmers check their fields for stripe rust if they have not been sprayed. If the fungus is found, a fungicide is recommended.

If you have sprayed, check about three to four weeks afterwards for infection, and re-spray if necessary.

The extension recommends a full rate spray instead of a reduced rate.

For more information, contact the extension at 745-8531 or visit the website at