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.
Ph D, University of Illinois-Urbana, 2005
MS, University of Arkansas, 2000
BS, University of Central Arkansas, 1996
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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
Producers, consultants, and agronomists should be alert to the potential for increased disease pressure in fields that experienced flooding in March or more recently. Here are some of the diseases you're most likely to see.
Bacterial leaf streak of corn is increasing as Nebraska. When scouting, growers should take time to differentiate it from gray leaf spot as fungicides will not work on bacterial leaf streak but will help control gray leaf spot.
Many factors can cause the emergence issues growers have been seeing in some corn and soybean fields. One of the easiest ways to predict whether the emergence issues are due to a soilborne pathogen(s) or agronomic factors is to look at where symptoms appear in the field.
Injury to germinating and seedling soybean from flooding depends on several factors, including soybean growth stage, flood duration, and air and soil temperature and varies the varieties. Pythium and Phytophthora are two diseases to scout for after flooding.
Michael Sindelar talks with Extension Plant Pathologist Tamra Jackson-Ziems about common corn seedling diseases, what to watch for in the field, and how to collect and submit quality samples for diagnosis.
Tune in to this CropWatch podcast on seed and early season issues with soybean diseases. Is your seed selection or treatment well matched with historical problems in the field? What should you be watching for at emergence and what are your management options.
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.
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.