Tamra Jackson-Ziems, Extension Plant Pathologist

Tamra Jackson-Ziems

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Soybeans with purple seed stain (left) and soybeans showing signs of seed decay due to Phomopsis disease complex. (Photo by Jenny Rees)
Figure 1. Soybeans with purple seed stain (left) and soybeans showing signs of seed decay due to Phomopsis disease complex. (Photo by Jenny Rees)

Soybean Seed Germination Concerns February 13, 2019

Average germination rates of new crop soybean being tested by the Nebraska Crop Improvement Association are lower than in recent years. Growers are urged to check the germination rate for their soybean seed and adjust planting rate and use of fungicide treatments accordingly.

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Goss's Wilt of corn

Nebraska Plant Pathology: A Culture of New Diseases January 23, 2019

Though relatively small, UNL's Department of Plant Pathology has played a significant role in the discovery of many economically important plant diseases, including most recently, a new fungal pathogen causing Fusarium head blight of wheat. This article is from the 2019 Nebraska Crop Management Conference Proceedings.

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Soybean Disease Update January 11, 2019

In 2018 an array of weather conditions led to the development of several soybean diseases. Excessive early season moisture and heavy rains during the season resulted in many fields being impacted by Phytophthora root and stem rot. Frogeye leaf spot developed early in some areas and continues to build in the state with more fields being affected.

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Map of bacterial leaf streak distribution in Nebraska

Corn Disease Update January 9, 2019

The 2018 crop season got off to a slow start with cold, wet conditions delaying planting in much of the state. Some seedling diseases developed in early planted corn, but with ample heat units the corn caught up quickly and most of the crop finished ahead of schedule. High relative humidity and rainfall drove the development of several leaf diseases mid-season.

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What’s New in Plant Pathology January 9, 2019

This article, from the Proceedings of the 2019 Crop Production Clinics, addresses new and updated product labels for disease management, a report from the Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic, changes in the Department of Plant Pathology, and the initial US finding of Fusarium boothii on wheat in Nebraska.

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Ear rot diseases on three corn ears.
Figure 1. Ear rot diseases in Nebraska corn.

Stalk and Grain Quality Likely to Decline During Wet Weather October 12, 2018

Stalk and ear rot diseases continue to become more evident in many cornfields across Nebraska where prolonged periods of wet weather have delayed corn harvest.

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Purple seed stain on soybean seed

Cercospora Purple Seed Stain and Blight in Some Nebraska Fields September 19, 2018

High humidity and warm temperatures created conditions optimal for development of Purple Seed Stain and Blight in some Nebraska soybean fields.

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Left photo showing corn stalk breakage from Gibberela stalk rot and right photo showing corn stalk damage from Fusarium stalk rot.
(L-R) Figure 1. Lodging and stalk breakage, as well as stalk discoloration, are symptoms of stalk rot diseases. (Photo by Terra Hartman) Figure 2. Stalk rot diseases commonly cause discoloration of the stalks and degradation of the white pith between vascular bundle strands. (Photo by Kyle Broderick)

Stalk Rot Diseases in Nebraska Corn Fields September 13, 2018

Knowing the risk factors for stalk rot can help you evaluate those fields first and prioritize your harvest schedule accordingly. Submitting plant samples and determining which stalk rot is present can help you better prevent or manage it in future years.

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