Tamra Jackson-Ziems, Extension Plant Pathologist

Tamra Jackson-Ziems

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Work Plant Sciences Hall (PLSH) 406
Lincoln NE 68583-0722
US
Work 402-472-2559 On campus, dial 2-2559
Tamra Jackson-Ziems, Extension Specialist and Professor, joined the faculty of the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in April 2005 after completing her graduate degrees at the University of Arkansas and University of Illinois-Urbana. Her appointment is split between extension, research, and teaching 80/10/10%, respectively, with statewide responsibility for diseases of corn and grain sorghum. Her extension activities encompass educating clientele about disease identification, prevention, and management. And her research projects encompass a broad range of topics, including bacterial leaf streak, Goss’s bacterial wilt and blight, use of fungicides for disease control, and plant parasitic nematodes of corn. During her time at UNL, she has delivered more than 180 invited presentations in 16 states and is the 2016 recipient of both the Nebraska Cooperative Extension Association’s Award for Outstanding Creative Programming (for an individual) and the Nebraska Ag Business Association’s Education and Research Person of 2016 Award.

icon-academic-capEducation

  • Ph D, University of Illinois-Urbana, 2005
  • MS, University of Arkansas, 2000
  • BS, University of Central Arkansas, 1996

icon-bookmark-starAwards & Honors

  • Outstanding Education and Research Person of 2016, Nebraska Ag Business Association, 2016
  • Outstanding Award For Creative Programming (Individual) for "Bacterial Leaf Streak of Corn", Nebraska Cooperative Extension Association, 2016
  • Dinsdale Family Faculty Award, IANR, 2009
  • Distinguished New Extension Employee Award , UNL Extension, 2009

Faculty Bio

Twitter: @tjcksn
YouTube: Corn Disease Videos at UNL CropWatch
Website: Corn Disease section of CropWatch Plant Disease Management

map showing southern rust in 45 Nebraska counties

Crop Diseases Spreading and Increasing

August 6, 2020
Southern rust continues to spread across eastern Nebraska. To date, southern rust has been reported in 45 Nebraska counties. Gray Leaf Spot, Bacterial Leaf Streak and Frogeye Leaf Spot are increasing as well.

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aerial pesticide application from a plane

Considerations for Foliar Fungicide Use in Corn

July 17, 2020
Fungicide use in corn has become increasingly popular for many farmers for a number of reasons. But, it becomes a more difficult decision when corn prices are low and some producers are looking for ways to reduce input costs when profit margins are narrow.

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Southern rust on a corn leaf

Southern Rust of Corn Confirmed in Southeast Nebraska

July 16, 2020
Southern corn rust was confirmed on corn leaf samples from Fillmore, Nuckolls and Johnson counties in southern Nebraska this week. Warm, humid conditions may favor disease development, so fields in this area should be monitored frequently in the coming weeks.

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Fungicide Resistance and Management of Frogeye Leaf Spot of Soybean in Nebraska

June 24, 2020
The results from field trials suggest an integrated disease management approach including tillage (when practical), crop rotation, resistant varieties, seed treatment, and timely application of mixed-mode of action fungicides provides the best control.

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Arrested ears with a ‘primordial tip’ due to pesticide application + NIS prior to tassel

Corn Ear Development Impacts from Post-emergence Pesticide Applications

June 4, 2020
Corn ear abnormalities have been noted the past few years. Tracing back the information on various field calls often pointed to a misunderstanding of proper growth stages when making post-emergence herbicide applications in addition to pre-tassel fungicide and insecticide applications.

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soybean seedling emerging

Q & A: What is Causing Problems with Soybean Emergence?

June 4, 2020
The past two weeks, we’ve received a number of calls regarding injured soybean plants during emergence. Additional questions include “What caused this?” and “Do I need to replant?” The following is what we’ve seen thus far.

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soybean leaf showing signs of disease

Soybean Disease Update

March 19, 2020
Plants under stress due to environmental factors, such as extreme temperature and moisture are more susceptible to disease, and many were under stress due to the unique environmental conditions in 2019.

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What’s New in Plant Pathology

March 19, 2020
Fungicide resistance was confirmed in soybean samples from 10 Nebraska counties infected with the frogeye leaf spot pathogen. Tar spot, a fungal disease of corn, has been confirmed in numerous western Iowa counties and is likely to reach Nebraska in 2020.

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