The occurrence and distribution of plant pathogens are long known to be strongly influenced by the environment. We see evidence of this concept every season on specialty crops in western Nebraska, and 2018 was no exception.
As growers in western Nebraska look at new pulse crops to integrate into their rotations, a UNL plant pathologist works to identify possible disease threats. Cowpea (black-eyed pea) is being studied now.
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.
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.