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

Has Ergot Altered Events in World History?

August 17, 2017
One of the few plant diseases that can also cause direct damage to humans, ergot, particularly in rye grain, may have been a factor in several world events..

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Wheat stripe rust
Figure 1. Stripe rust was found this week in wheat fields in two Nebraska counties ― Sheridan and Box Butte ― and growers are urged to scout fields regularly.
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Stripe Rust Identified in Panhandle Wheat

April 18, 2017
Minor levels of striped rust have been confirmed in winter wheat from a field in Sheridan County north of Rushville. The infections occurred on only a few leaves and pustules were very small and difficult to see. Growers are encouraged to continue scouting wheat for disease; a fungicide application is not recommended at this time.

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Topped sugar beets and storage sacks
Figure 1. Topped sugar beets are placed in bags and storage conditions are simulated to study the effect of post-harvest fungicide treatments.

Panhandle REC Studying Sugar Beet Storage Treatments

December 14, 2016
Four post-harvest sugar beet fungicide treatments are being evaluated as part of a new research study underway at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff. The study, which is looking at whether fungicide treatments can improve winter storability of beets, is being conducted with support from Syngenta and Western Sugar Cooperative.

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wheat stripe rust in the Panhandle
wheat stripe rust in the Panhandle

Stripe Rust Reports in Wheat Lead to Winter Treatment Research

November 18, 2016
Reports of stripe rust in wheat continued throughout the Panhandle this week, particularly in Kimball and Banner counties. With additional sightings from central and southwest Nebraska, the disease appears to be widespread statewide this fall.

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Figure 1. This is the second successive year for stripe rust to be identified in the fall in Panhandle wheat.
Figure 1. This is the second successive year for stripe rust to be identified in the fall in Panhandle wheat.

Stripe Rust of Wheat Identified in the Panhandle

November 4, 2016
On Nov. 1 stripe rust was identifield in a wheat field in the Nebraska Panhandle. This is the second successive year when the disease emerged in the fall and University of Nebraska plant pathologists are seeking reports for further research.

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Stripe rust in wheat in the Nebraska Panhandle. (Photo by Bob Harveson)
Figure 1. Stripe rust in wheat in the Nebraska Panhandle. (Photo by Bob Harveson)

Stripe Rust in Wheat

September 2, 2016

This is from a four-part series on stripe rust's history and geographic distribution, biology and life cycle, causes of recent severe epidemics, and management options. Find all the stories on the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center website under Panhandle Perspectives. 

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Dry Bean Production in Nebraska - The Early Years

August 4, 2016
The authors look at the early history of Nebraska's dry bean industry from initial (and low-yielding) production in 1895 to its growth through marketing contracts and new processing facilities in the mid 1930s.

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