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Presence of Crown Rust Spores on Buckthorns Means Inoculum for Crown Rust Disease in Oats

Crown rust is the most devastating disease of oats in South Dakota. This disease can develop as early as the jointing stage and can lead to heavy grain yield loss in susceptible cultivars. The pathogen which causes crown rust, Puccinia coronata f. sp. avenae, survives on crop residue and on wild grasses but first must infect buckthorn plants before moving onto oats.

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