Stephen Wegulo - Extension Plant Pathologist

stripe rust on wheat

Wheat Disease Update: Stripe Rust Confirmed in Nebraska

May 28, 2020
During a survey of wheat fields in south central and southeast Nebraska on May 27, stripe rust was found at trace levels in a grower’s wheat field in Thayer County in southeast Nebraska.

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fungal leaf spot disease on wheat

Wheat Disease Update – Barley Yellow Dwarf and Fungal Leaf Spots Increasing

May 21, 2020
A survey of wheat fields in southern west central Nebraska (Furnas and Harlan Counties) on May 19 found most fields to have little or no disease. Two fields had a high incidence of barley yellow dwarf.

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Septoria tritici blotch in the lower canopy of wheat

Wheat Diseases Developing, Scout Fields for Early Detection

May 15, 2020
Reports from the wheat growing regions in Nebraska indicate low or no disease pressure in most growers’ fields. However, some fields are showing low to moderate levels of disease.

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Septoria tritici blotch in wheat

Wheat Disease Update

May 7, 2020
Reports indicate that stripe rust is present in Oklahoma and northeast Kanas. These reports suggest that there is a high likelihood that stripe rust will occur in Nebraska wheat fields. Leaf rust is also likely to occur, but we expect to see stripe rust first.

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wheat damaged by freeze

Assessing Freeze Injury to Wheat

April 24, 2020
It takes a number of warm days (a week or more depending on temperatures) after freezing to determine the condition of the winter wheat crop, so don’t make any quick decisions after a freeze.

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A field in Excellent Condition This Spring

Winter Wheat Condition

April 9, 2020
Some producers are concerned with the condition of their winter wheat fields this spring. At the time of seeding last fall, some areas were dry and under no-till conditions it was difficult if not impossible to seed at the recommended seeding depth.

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wheat showing signs of disease

Wheat Disease Update

January 27, 2020
In 2019, wet weather during the growing season favored the development of wheat diseases including Fusarium head blight, leaf rust, stripe rust, bacterial streak, and take-all. This update highlights these diseases, the environmental factors that favor their development, and their management.

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Sample crop production budget for corn

Why Should You Prepare and Use Crop Budgets?

December 4, 2019
The 2020 Crop Production Budgets for Nebraska are now available. They include 80 budgets for 15 crops, available in both PDF and customizable Excel formats.

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