Plant Disease

Frogeye leaf spot on a soybean leaf

Diseases Confirmed in Corn and Soybean July 26-Aug. 15 August 17, 2018

Corn and soybean diseases confirmed by the university's Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic from July 26 to August 16.

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Leaf symptoms of brown stem rot of soybean

Crop Diseases Confirmed in Corn and Soybean July 16-26 July 26, 2018

Corn and soybean diseases confirmed by the university's Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic July 16-26.

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Loren Giesler, new Head of the UNL Department of Plant Pathology

Loren Giesler Named Head of Plant Pathology Department July 23, 2018

Loren Giesler has been named head of the Plant Pathology Department at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, effective Sept. 1, 2018. A long-time contributor to CropWatch, Giesler is a professor and extension plant pathologist in the department.

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Examples of good and bad samples received at the Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic
Figure 1. How you package your plant sample can significantly affect the quality of the diagnoses you receive. Above are several samples received recently by the university's Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic. Samples that are too wet (left) or too dry (middle) obscure symtom expression and make disease diagnosis difficult. The sample on the right was packaged well and shipped early in the week. (Photos by Kyle Broderick)

Quality Samples Lead to Better Diagnoses May 31, 2018

Correct identification of insects and other pests and diagnoses of diseases starts by submitting quality samples. This outlines how best to submit plant samples to the university's Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic.

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Violet root rot, a rhizoctonia crocorum fungus, in soil

The First Identified Root Pathogen: Rhizoctonia April 12, 2018

This is the second article in a series on distinct sugar beet root rot diseases caused by the genus Rhizoctonia. This week Rhizoctonia solani and Rhizoctonia solani are featured.

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Nebraska map of PPDC reporting districts

Crop Diseases Confirmed by PPDC Sept. 27-Oct. 5 October 6, 2017

Anthracnose in corn and soybeans was among the diseases diagnosed by the university's Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic in the last two weeks. See their report for soybean, corn, hops, and alfalfa. Clinic services will be reduced Oct. 12-19.

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New Extension Crop Publications August 17, 2017

Among new releases from Nebraska Extension are two on the use of biologicals to manage crop disease as part of an integrated pest management (IPM) plan.

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Has Ergot Altered Events in World History? August 17, 2017

One of the few plant diseases that can also cause direct damage to humans, ergot, particularly in rye grain, may have been a factor in several world events..

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