Small grains are widely grown as a cool-season forage crop for beef cattle and dairy industries in Texas. Small grains such as wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) - used for grazing - are typically planted early in fall and are therefore more vulnerable to infestation by Hessian fly (Mayetiola destructor). Although delaying planting until cooler weather can reduce pressure, Texas does not have a 'fly free' date like many Northern U.S. states. However, other small grains such as barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) might be less prone to damage by Hessian fly. (5 pages)
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Today Master Gardeners are active in all 50 U.S. States and eight Canadian provinces. The heart of the Texas Master Gardener program is the dedicated, passionate volunteers who are willing to share their knowledge with anyone interested. 2019 Edition.