Serving proudly since 1873 as the beautiful Nebraska Panhandle's first newspaper

Articles written by Robert M. Harveson

Sorted by date  Results 1 - 2 of 2

  • Cercospora Leaf Spot

    Robert M. Harveson, Extension Plant Pathologist|Aug 3, 2022

    Cercospora leaf spot (CLS) has long been and remains a constant problem to sugar beet production throughout the eastern and Great Lakes production areas of the United States. In fact, it is thought to have been a major reason for early production in Nebraska to shift west to the Panhandle. Despite the drier conditions in western Nebraska, the disease has still been sporadic, but not a consistent issue. However, when it does occur, it can be very destructive if not noted and treated. CLS is caused by the airborne fungal pathogen Cercospora...

  • PANHANDLE PERSPECTIVES: Soil Disease Index, Tool for Managing Sugarbeet Diseases, Available for Growers

    Robert M. Harveson, Extension Plant Pathologist University of Nebraska|Dec 15, 2021

    For more than 20 years the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center’s Plant Pathology Program has been using a soil index test as a forecasting tool for sugarbeet root rot diseases in Nebraska. A recent conversation revealed that some sugarbeet producers are not aware of this service, so for veteran and newer growers, as well as the public, here is a description of the program. Disease Index The disease index is a pre-plant soil test that was developed and utilized by the plant pathology program at the Panhandle Center. This test is c...