Fusarium Head Blight

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.

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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.  

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Stripe rust in a field
Figure 1. Stripe rust in a state variety trial at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center (ENREC) near Mead, Sauders County, on June 2.

Wheat Disease Update: Stripe Rust, Leaf Rust, and Fusarium Head Blight

June 4, 2021
Leaf rust
Figure 2. Leaf rust in a research plot at Havelock Farm in Lincoln, Lancaster County, on June 1.

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Flooded wheat field
Figure 1. A flooded section of a grower’s wheat field in excellent condition in Deuel County on May 25.

Wheat Disease Update

May 27, 2021
Stripe rust and leaf rust confirmed in new counties; Fusarium head blight risk reported as moderate to high in southern Nebraska.

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stripe rust on wheat

Wheat Disease Update: Stripe Rust Confirmed in Nebraska

May 28, 2020
During a survey of wheat fields in south central and southeast Nebraska on May 27, stripe rust was found at trace levels in a grower’s wheat field in Thayer County in southeast Nebraska.

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wheat showing signs of disease

Wheat Disease Update

January 27, 2020
In 2019, wet weather during the growing season favored the development of wheat diseases including Fusarium head blight, leaf rust, stripe rust, bacterial streak, and take-all. This update highlights these diseases, the environmental factors that favor their development, and their management.

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Fusarium head blight
Figure 1. Fusarium head blight (Photo by Stephen A. Harrison, Louisiana State University)

USDA Survey Reveals Crucial Data on Fusarium Head Blight

November 26, 2019

A national USDA survey, published recently in Plant Disease, provides the first large-scale, systematic insight into how wheat and barley growers manage Fusarium head blight (FHB), also known as scab, and where they get information on how to control this destructive diseas

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