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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.