Tamra Jackson-Ziems, Extension Plant Pathologist

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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Physoderma brown spot lesions

Corn Disease Update

January 8, 2020
In 2019, wet weather during the growing season favored the development of numerous corn diseases including Physoderma brown spot, bacterial leaf streak, stalk rot diseases, and ear rot diseases. 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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A comparison of the bacteria that cause bacterial wilt of dry beans and Goss’ wilt of corn. The rods of Curtobacterium (left) in the dry bean wilt pathogen are shorter and fatter than the Goss’ wilt pathogen, Clavibacter (right).
Figure 1. A comparison of the bacteria that cause bacterial wilt of dry beans and Goss’ wilt of corn. The rods of Curtobacterium (left) in the dry bean wilt pathogen are shorter and fatter than the Goss’ wilt pathogen, Clavibacter (right).

Puzzling Out Two Closely Related Corn, Dry Bean Diseases

October 24, 2019
Two closely related plant diseases — one in corn and the other in dry bean — have followed similar, but somewhat perplexing patterns of appearing, disappearing, and then resurging as a serious threat to crop yield. A UNL researcher looks at factors affecting the cycle and whether it can be predicted.

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Gibberella and fusarium stalk rots in corn

Stalk Quality Concerns Widespread in Areas of Nebraska

September 27, 2019
The effects of late planting and stressful growing conditions throughout much of the season are showing up now in poor stalk quality in corn. Growers are encouraged to scout fields and harvest those most at risk of lodging first. Here's why and what to look for.

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Soybean leaves with bacterial blight

Late Season Soybean Diseases Widespread in Areas of Nebraska

September 13, 2019
Record rainfall during August and continued wet conditions into September are much to blame for the flush of diseases Nebraska’s soybean crop has been experiencing. Here are some of the most common diseases at this time and information on managing them.

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Frogeye leaf spot
Figure 1. Frogeye leaf spot on soybean

Frogeye Leaf Spot in Northeast Nebraska

August 19, 2019
Moderate to severe frogeye leaf spot is being reported on soybean in northeast Nebraska. Pathogen resistance to QoI fungicide is suspected in two fields. If you suspect resistance, contact the author for possible testing.

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