Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic

White mold on soybean

Soybean Disease Update: White Mold

August 11, 2022
Reports of white mold are being received from fields in Polk and Seward counties — while it is too late to manage infection this year, Nebraska producers have options for limiting white mold in next year's soybean crop.

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Stunted soybean plant

Phytophthora Root and Stem Rot is Appearing in Nebraska Soybean Fields

July 21, 2022
Disease development will be most rapid in low areas of the field that are poorly drained or where compacted soils are present, but can occur in well-drained fields during periods of excessive moisture.

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Frogeye leaf spot

Fungicide Resistance and Management of Frogeye Leaf Spot of Soybean in Nebraska

June 16, 2022
Frogeye leaf spot — which will likely begin appearing in Nebraska soybeans within the next few weeks — can cause significant yield loss, but there are effective management options available.

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Alfalfa field
Proper seed selection is the first line of defense for disease management of Phytophthora root rot and anthracnose, which can cause significant losses in a short amount of time.

Alfalfa Seed Selection to Help Manage Diseases

April 6, 2022
As you think about selecting alfalfa varieties to plant this year, be sure to consider varieties available with greater resistance to diseases like anthracnose and Phytophthora root rot.

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SDS on soybeans

Seed Selection Can Help Manage Diseases Next Year

October 27, 2021
Reviewing diseases that have caused issues in previous years can help you select more disease-resistant corn hybrids and soybean varieties for the upcoming growing season.

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Tar spot on corn
More severe tar spot pictured in western Iowa in October 2019.

Tar Spot Disease of Corn Confirmed in Several Nebraska Counties

October 21, 2021
Tar spot was confirmed in seven eastern Nebraska counties during recent weeks, and there are likely additional corn fields in other counties where the disease can be found.

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Example of stunting and yellowing in soybeans
Figure 1. SCN does not often cause visible symptoms in soybeans. When population densities of SCN are high, you may notice stunting and yellowing (pictured here) in patches in some soybean fields.

Sample for Soybean Cyst Nematode This Fall

September 28, 2021
It is a busy time of year as harvest begins across the state, but this is the perfect time to collect soil samples for soybean cyst nematode while waiting in the field in a grain cart or truck as the combine fills.

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SDS foliar symptoms

Triazole Phytotoxicity in Soybeans

August 26, 2021
Soybeans across Nebraska are currently presenting symptoms common with Sudden Death Syndrome and Brown Stem Rot; however, recent samples indicate many of the affected fields are experiencing phytotoxicity due to the application of a triazole (DMI) fungicide.

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