10 Dec 2010

Leaf rust found on domestic wheat

7:05 am on 10 December 2010

A New Zealand-bred milling wheat is showing signs of being less resistant to the leaf rust fungal disease.

The Conquest Milling Wheat was bred four years ago by Plant & Food Research and is showing signs of leaf rust this season on some crops in Mid-Canterbury.

Plant + Food suspects it is the result of a new strain or pathotype of the fungal disease, but is also not ruling out weather conditions as a cause.

Federated Farmers says it's concerning for the industry as Conquest has performed very well against imported wheats.