Dr. Giesler provides statewide leadership for extension plant pathology programs in soybeans and turfgrass diseases. He is the team leader for the Extension Plant Pathology Team which is a Nebraska group of extension Plant Pathologist responsible for disease management programs throughout Nebraska. His main program focus is in soybeans and has included research projects on Bean Pod Mottle Virus, Soybean Cyst Nematode, Foliar Diseases and seedling diseases including Phytophthora root and stem rot. He conducts disease management studies on soybean to evaluate the efficacy of soybean seed treatment fungicides and foliar products. He served as a national leader for identification of soybean rust, coordinator for national soybean rust sentinel monitoring efforts from 2003 through 2012, and toured South America rust fungicide efficacy trials in 2004 and 2005. Dr. Giesler is currently working on several studies on soybean cyst nematode to improve management programs for this significant pest of soybean. Through continued support of the Nebraska Soybean Board a free soil sampling program for SCN is operated in his program that provides soybean farmers a way to determine if SCN is present in their fields.
Soybean cyst nematode is estimated to cause $40 million in lost soybean yields annually in Nebraska. Soil tests, available free through a program funded by the Nebraska Soybean Board, can help growers identify where this nemesis is a problem so they can manage that field accordingly.
In a multi-year summary of soybean studies with fungicide and insecticide applications in the north central United States, university researchers combined trial data to estimate overall profitability of foliar applications at the R3 growth stage (beginning pod development).
Wet soil conditions earlier this year and heavy rains during flowering were favorable for early infection with Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS). While there is no treatment at this time, correctly identifying any (and all) stem and root rots like SDS can help you plan for management in future years.
Mid-summer is an effective time to scout for soybean cyst nematode (SCN) using either the visual or soil test method. This story describes both methods. If SCN is identified, a follow-up soil test approximately six years later can help assess effectiveness of treatment efforts as well as identify SCN resistance.
Dr. Giesler has disclosed a significant financial interest in membership and management of Field Screen, LLC. Field Screen, LLC has received compensation in the last 12 months for pesticide testing from the following companies: BASF, Bayer Crop Science, Syngenta Crop Protection, Arysta Life Sciences, Valent U.S.A. Corporation and FMC Corporation. In accordance with its Conflict of Interest policy, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Conflict of Interest Review Committee has determined that this must be disclosed.
Field Screen, LLC is a company that specializes in disease efficacy testing for developmental fungicides in southeastern Missouri under extremely conducive environmental conditions for disease development. This outside activity provides Dr. Giesler with additional insight into agricultural chemical development and improves his ability to assist farmers and commercial agricultural clientele with their management decisions. Outside business activity is encouraged at the University of Nebraska as a way to improve faculty insight and promote economic development.