Small, orangish-brown lesions are key features of leaf rust infections. These blister-like lesions are most common on leaves but can occur on the leaf sheath, which extends from the base of the leaf blade to the stem node. Lesions caused by leaf rust are normally smaller, more round, and cause less tearing of the leaf tissue than those caused by stem rust.

Management: Genetic resistance, foliar fungicides.

  • Link to Fungicide Efficacy Table – pdf

Leaf rust pustules on left are darker and larger than the stripe rust pustules arranged in a line on right side of leaf.