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Telling the difference between Southern versus common rust in corn

In Delta Farm Press

According to Travis Faske, Extension plant pathologist with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, growers can tell the difference between Southern corn rust and common rust by the colors of the pustules.

Orange pustules, the University of Tennessee’s jersey colors, are more likely to be symptoms of Southern corn rust. University of Arkansas Razorback red pustules most likely belong to common rust. Continue reading

Marty Draper is appointed as head of KSU plant pathology department

Former USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture program leader Marty Draper is now the head of the plant pathology department at Kansas State University.

“I am excited to be getting back to the university setting, being able to work with producers, and trying to help the department become better than it already is,” Draper said in an interview with Grainnet. Continue reading

Southern rust and tar spot of corn are on the move

In Southeast Farm Press

by Carl Bradley, University of Kentucky Extension Plant Pathologist

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, keeping a lookout for these two diseases is a good idea. Continue reading

El Nino may mean more diseases in corn due to delayed planting

In Southeast Farm Press

By Clint Thompson, University of Georgia

El Nino weather pattern will likely interfere with Georgia corn planting in March. A delay would increase the likelihood of diseases, too. Growers are advised to plant resistant varieties and be ready to apply fungicides earlier than normal.

A wet winter has already saturated Georgia’s soils, and more wet and cool conditions are expected through the first part of spring, according to UGA agricultural climatologist Pam Knox. “The rains associated with passing storms will keep soils wet for the foreseeable future,” she said. Continue reading

Southern rust confirmed in Virginia corn

In Southeast Farm Press

Southern rust was confirmed Aug. 3 on corn samples from Chesapeake and Suffolk in Virginia, according to a blog posting by Hillary Mehl, assistant professor of plant pathology at the Virginia Tech Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Suffolk.

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Southern corn rust infestations higher in North Carolina this year

From Southeast Farm Press

A combination of wet weather in early July and cooler than normal temperatures in the middle of the month has worked to increase the level of Southern corn rust in North Carolina.

The disease was reported in mid-July in in at least 10 North Carolina counties – Beaufort, Craven, Greene, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Pamlico, Tyrrell, Wayne and Wilson.

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Southern corn rust found in eastern North Carolina

From Southeast Farm Press

Southern Corn Rust has been found in Lenoir and Wayne counties in eastern North Carolina and farmers need to scout their fields and be prepared to make a fungicide application, according to researchers at North Carolina State University.

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