Bob Harveson - Extension Plant Pathologist, Panhandle Research and Extension Center

Bob Harveson
Bob Harveson

Harveson Receives APS Distinguished Service Award for Region

August 28, 2019
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding effort in teaching, control of a significant plant disease, or service to the science of plant pathology. In nominating Harveson, his peers touted his work across multiple areas.

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Sugar beet leaf with 3 very young, circular lesions induced by the CLS  pathogen, Cercospora betae.   If conditions are conducive, the disease can spread rapidly, even from this  small beginning.
Figure 1. Sugar beet leaf with three very young, circular lesions induced by the cercospora leaf spot pathogen, Cercospora betae. If conditions are conducive, the disease can spread rapidly, even from this small beginning.

Cercospora Leaf Spot Spotted in the Panhandle – Be Aware!

July 15, 2019
On July 15 symptoms characteristic of cercospora leaf spot were observed on the lower leaves of sugar beets at the university’s Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff. While it is unusually early for this disease, growers are urged to scout their fields as fungicide applications may be necessary.

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Goss's Wilt of corn

Nebraska Plant Pathology: A Culture of New Diseases

January 23, 2019
Though relatively small, UNL's Department of Plant Pathology has played a significant role in the discovery of many economically important plant diseases, including most recently, a new fungal pathogen causing Fusarium head blight of wheat. This article is from the 2019 Nebraska Crop Management Conference Proceedings.

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Specialty Crops Disease Update

January 10, 2019

The occurrence and distribution of plant pathogens are long known to be strongly influenced by the environment. We see evidence of this concept every season on specialty crops in western Nebraska, and 2018 was no exception.

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Sunflower field at the High Plains Ag Lab

The Sunflower Pathology Working Group

November 15, 2018
While diseases are one of the three biggest yield-limiting factors of sunflower production, there was little information on how to identify and manage them until university plant pathologists joined in a collaborative effort to conduct research and develop educational resources.

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Cowpea wilt
Figure 1. A two-year study of diseases in Nebraska cowpea, also known as black-eyed pea, found a wilt, similar to bacterial wilt in dry bean, to be most common. (Photos by Bob Harveson)

Cowpea Bacterial Wilt ― An Old Disease in a New Crop

October 9, 2018
As growers in western Nebraska look at new pulse crops to integrate into their rotations, a UNL plant pathologist works to identify possible disease threats. Cowpea (black-eyed pea) is being studied now.

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Sunflower Rust
Figure 1. Cinnamon-colored uredial pustules (left) and dark, black telial pustules (right). These are the overwintering structures of rust. (Photos by Bob Harveson)

Sunflower Rust May be Problematic in 2018 — Be Aware!

May 24, 2018
Unusually early findings of rust in volunteer sunflower in western Nebraska indicate the potential for a major outbreak much earlier than usual. Growers are encouraged to scout within the first few weeks of emergence and treat where necessary.

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Dry rot canker in sugarbeet
Figure 1. Surface tissues of the dry rot canker rhizoctonia disease first identified in sugarbeet in 1920 are marked by a distinctive series of concentric circles. (Photos by Bob Harveson)

Dry Rot Canker – Obscure, but Returning Rhizoctonia Disease

May 23, 2018
Dry rot canker, one of several rhizoctonia diseaes of sugarbeet, has been relatively obscure since first being identified almost a century ago. New technologies, however, have helped to differentiate it from the more common Rhizoctonia root and crown rot disease.

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