By Lethbridge Bureau, June 2, 2017 

Southern Alberta farmers growing cereals, winter wheat in particular, are advised to watch for wheat streak mosaic virus in their crops.

The leaf curl mites that carry the virus can be blown on the wind and in some cases can survive over winter if it has a green bridge.

Mike Harding, plant pathologist with Alberta Agriculture, says the virus is already threatening cereals in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Montana.

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