Disease management has been a deciding factor for the sugarbeet industry in Nebraska as crop production moved to areas where crop diseases could be managed more successfully. Sugarbeet are vulnerable to many pathogens. Some pathogens can live from season to season in the soil and others can be transported to the crop by wind currents, irrigation water and by man.

Pathogens that are known to cause problems with sugarbeet production in the High Plains region are subdivided into six categories:


Sugarbeet Production Guide Disease Management Chapter

Because of the long history of sugarbeet production in western Nebraska, diseases are a consistent concern, and research is constantly ongoing to develop new disease tolerant cultivars as well as other methods for managing diseases practically and profitably. (Chapter document: PDF 4.17MB, 30 pages)

Diseases Caused by Viruses:

Diseases Caused by Bacteria:

Diseases Caused by Fungi Affecting Roots:

Diseases Caused by Fungi Affecting Foliage:

Wilt Diseases:

Diseases Caused by Nematodes:

This section of the Sugarbeet Production Guide – EC156 was prepared by Gary D. Franc, Robert M. Harveson, Eric D. Kerr, and Barry J. Jacobsen.


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