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This NebFact addresses management programs for soil-borne wheat mosaic and wheat yellow mosaic.

Soil-borne wheat mosaic occurs from early April to mid-May. It is characterized by yellow to pale green mosaic mottling and streaking of leaves, stunted plants and irregular patches of yellow or pale green wheat. Wheat yellow mosaic occurs from mid-March to early May. Characteristics include distinct light green to yellow spindle-shaped dashes on leaves. Infected plants are yellow and stunted.

Management practices including growing resistent or tolerant varieties. Winter wheat should be planted at the recommended date for your geographical area.