Entries by damonsmith

I Finally Got My Soybeans Planted and Now They Look Sick!

Damon Smith, Extension Field Crops Pathologist, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison Shawn Conley, Soybean and Wheat Extension Specialist, Department of Agronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison The 2019 growing season has been nothing but full of challenges for Wisconsin farmers and farmers throughout the Midwest. Weather and grain markets have not improved, combined with late-planting […]

Wisconsin Winter Wheat Disease Update – June 4, 2019

Damon Smith, Extension Field Crops Pathologist, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison Brian Mueller, Assistant Field Researcher, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison Wheat heads are close to emergence on some earlier varieties of winter wheat in southern and south-central Wisconsin. Within the next week wheat heads will be emerging and anthesis (flowering) […]

Wisconsin Winter Wheat Disease Update – May 31, 2019

Damon Smith, Extension Field Crops Pathologist, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison Brian Mueller, Assistant Field Researcher, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison The University of Wisconsin-Madison Field Crops Pathology crew has spent the last several days scouting winter wheat variety trials and commercial wheat fields in south and south-central Wisconsin. Wheat at […]

Wisconsin Winter Wheat Disease Update – May 21, 2019

Damon Smith, Extension Field Crops Pathologist, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison Brian Mueller, Assistant Field Researcher, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison Winter wheat in Wisconsin continues to move through growth stages at a fairly even pace. Winter wheat plots in our research program located at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station, Arlington, […]

How Will Delayed Planting Influence Crop Diseases in 2019?

Damon Smith, Extension Field Crops Pathologist, University of Wisconsin-Madison Darcy Telenko, Extension Field Crops Pathologist, Purdue University We keep getting this question, because as we write this, it is storming yet again in many locations in the Midwest. Rain, rain, and more rain has pushed back timely planting everywhere. Concern is starting to mount about […]

Wisconsin Winter Wheat Disease Update – May 6, 2019

Damon Smith, Extension Field Crops Pathologist, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison Brian Mueller, Assistant Field Researcher, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison The Badger Crop Docs have been scouting winter wheat in southern and south-central portions of Wisconsin (Figures 1 and 2). Wheat is moving extremely slow. Growth stages are much behind […]

Poor Soybean Seed Quality and Preparing for the 2019 Field Season

Damon Smith, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison Shawn Conley, Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Agronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison As we finish off 2018 and look ahead to the 2019 planting season, soybean farmers need to be prepared for some potential seed quality issues. The 2018 crop was […]

The Effect of Tar Spot on Corn Hybrids in Wisconsin in 2018

Damon Smith, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison Brian Mueller, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison Joe Lauer, Department of Agronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison Kent Kohn, Department of Agronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison Thierno Diallo, Department of Agronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison If you are like me, you are probably wishing 2018 would just go ahead and […]

2018 Wisconsin Field Crops Pathology Fungicide Tests Summary Now Available

Damon Smith, Extension Field Crops Pathologist, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison Brian Mueller, Assistant Field Researcher, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison Each year the Wisconsin Field Crops Pathology Program conducts a wide array of fungicide tests on alfalfa, corn, soybeans, and wheat. These tests help inform researchers, practitioners, and farmers about […]