Wheat Doctor provides a simple, stepwise method for identifying wheat production problems and pests and suggests ways you can overcome problems in the field and improve production. Explore the link boxes on the left side of the screen to finalize your diagnosis.
The information presented here represents the collective knowledge of many experienced wheat scientists. The diagnostic procedures are not intended to replace experimentation but rather to help improve problem identification. Readers are encouraged to interpret the guidelines presented here, taking into account the local conditions.
What information can you find on Wheat Doctor and where is it?
- Getting started - in this area you will find a variety of information related to wheat growth: parts of the plant, description of growth stages, charts explaining typical symptoms, damage patterns, and yield and economic calculators.
- Field sampling - find out how to look for field problems, what type of data to collect and how to collect it, and see a sample field sheet.
- Production problems - this area contains information sheets on common problems (such as waterlogging, lodging, seed viability, etc.) both in a list format and as an identification key.
- Nutrient problems - this section contains information on nutrient deficiencies and toxicities (both in list and identification key formats), as well as extended information on identifying and measuring nutrient problems.
- Pests and diseases - this area contains information sheets on common pests and diseases (such as stem rust, aphids, birds, etc.) both in a list format and as an identification key.
- Measurement methods - find guidelines for measuring factors such as yield before harvest, soil depth, soil moisture, days until moisture stress, seed viability, and identifying soil textural class.
- Glossary - a list of important terms related to wheat production.
- Image galleries - a collection of images of plants affected by production problems, nutrient problems, and pests and diseases.