Fusarium Head Blight

Tan spot
Figure 1. Tan spot on a wheat leaf. (Photos by Stephen Wegulo)

After-harvest Wheat Disease Management Strategies for Reducing Losses in 2024

July 13, 2023
Strategies that can be used between now and planting winter wheat this fall to minimize losses due to diseases during next year’s growing season.

Read more

Cephalosporium stripe on wheat

Wheat Disease Update: Overview of the 2023 Growing Season

June 28, 2023
Eastern Nebraska wheat fields weren't significantly impacted by disease this growing season; however, due to abundant rainfall, western Nebraska and Panhandle growers have observed moderate levels of Fusarium head blight and severe tan spot.

Read more

Wheat field

Wheat Disease Update for June 1, 2023

June 1, 2023
Tan spot was identified in several fields recently surveyed in the Panhandle, and though Fusarium head blight hasn't been observed in fields yet, parts of western Nebraska are currently at high risk for infection. 

Read more

Wheat field day attendees
Figure 1. A wheat field day at the Henry J. Stumpf International Wheat Center near Grant in Perkins County on June 21.

Wheat Disease Update: Overview of the 2022 Growing Season

June 24, 2022
The major factors that have impacted the wheat crop in 2022 are drought-like conditions — especially in western Nebraska, where freeze damage also caused significant injury — hail, and the virus diseases wheat streak mosaic and barley yellow dwarf.

Read more

Wheat stem maggot

Wheat Disease Update — June 10

June 10, 2022
Growers in southeast Nebraska have detected trace levels of foliar fungal diseases in wheat fields; no rust diseases have been reported yet. 

Read more

Wheat streak mosaic

Wheat Disease Update: May 19

May 20, 2022
Recent drought-like conditions have slowed the onset of diseases in wheat fields, with only trace levels of diseases observed in southeast Nebraska so far.

Read more

Wheat field day attendees
Figure 1. A wheat field day at the High Plains Ag Lab in Cheyenne County on June 15.

Wheat Disease Update

June 18, 2021
The majority of fields visited in southern Nebraska this week had only trace levels of Fusarium head blight, but moderate to high levels of FHB were observed in susceptible varieties in a state variety trial in Red Willow County.

Read more

Fusarium head blight
Figure 1. Fusarium head blight in a grower’s field in Nuckolls County on June 8.

Trace to Low Levels of Fusarium Head Blight Observed in Wheat Fields in South-central and Southeast Nebraska

June 10, 2021
In southern Nebraska, Fusarium head blight has been observed. In other parts of the state, hot temperatures have slowed the development of new stripe rust, but heavily infected fields are now experiencing accelerated drying out of leaves.  

Read more