Corn Diseases to Scout for This Season

Carl A. Bradley, Extension Plant Pathologist | KPN | June 14, 2016 Corn Diseases to Watch for in 2016: Southern Rust and Tar Spot Two corn diseases are already making some news this season.  Southern rust and tar spot have been detected in southern states and could potentially make their way to Kentucky this season. So,… [ Read More ]

Pythium and Damping-off Root Rot

Emily Pfeufer, Extension Plant Pathologist | KPN | April 19, 2016 Extended periods of cool, wet weather this spring may have you noticing symptoms of a common pathogen infecting plants: Pythium. This water mold pathogen particularly attacks seeds, seedlings, and young plants (Figures 1 and 2). Pythium is present at low levels in nearly all… [ Read More ]

Scout for Stripe Rust

Stripe Rust has been spotted in many wheat fields in Christian, Todd, Logan and Robertson Counties. Stripe rust causes yellow, blister-like lesions that are arranges in stripes. The disease is most common on leaves, but head tissue also can develop symptoms when disease is severe. May be referred as yellow rust. If you have any… [ Read More ]

Fire Blight Risk

Nicole Ward Gauthier, Extension Plant Pathologist and Kimberly Leonberger, Extension Associate | KPN | April 19, 2016 Risk for fire blight infection can be high as temperatures become warm and wet weather occurs during bloom.  Growers can assess risk by using the Fire Blight Disease Prediction Model and selecting specific county and orchard history. This… [ Read More ]

The Importance of Wheat Seed Treatments

Matt Hopkins | CropLife | September 18, 2015 Fungicide seed treatments help to reduce losses caused by seed transmitted and soilborne fungal diseases of wheat, according to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Plant Pathologist Stephen Wegulo. Some seed treatment products contain a fungicide and an insecticide and offer additional protection against fall season insects such… [ Read More ]

Calibrate Yield Monitors More Often

David Hest | Corn+Soybean Digest | August, 14, 2015 A poorly calibrated yield monitor can be off by 10%. Data to drive management decisions is becoming more important as increasingly sophisticated analysis services come online. “The analysis you can get on hybrids, fertility and other management programs is only as good as the data allows,”… [ Read More ]

Blue Mold Identified in Tennessee

Steve Bost | UT Extension Plant Pathologist | June 17, 2015 Blue mold was found in Maury County, TN yesterday by Extension agent Richard Groce in a 1½ acre field of 1-ft tall burley.  The lesions were throughout the field and a second cycle of infections appeared to be beginning.  This and the Greeneville greenhouse incident… [ Read More ]