Orchardgrass Decline Syndrome

Over the past 2-3 weeks we have had several questions and concerns pertaining to “orchardgrass decline.”  Orchardgrass decline is not something new to the area, and has been something Richard Taylor mentioned observing on several occasions.  Orchardgrass decline is a common syndrome with…


Dickeya Update in Potatoes

Article with the help of Kate Everts, Vegetable Pathologist and Specialist University of Delaware and Maryland   Earlier this year, we alerted all to a “new” bacterial disease of potatoes that is similar to, but more aggressive than black leg. An article on…


Seedling diseases in corn

Corn planting is underway.  Persistent rain has increased the concern about potential seedling diseases and the need to replant.  Corn seedlings in DE and most of MD can be affected by two main pathogen groups 1) Pythium spp; and 2) Fusarium spp.  Pythium…


Fusarium Head Blight Risk Elevated in Flowering DE/ MD Wheat

Wheat in southern parts of MD and DE, as well as some early flowering varieties, began flowering the latter half of last week and most of the remaining wheat I expect to flower sometime in the next 7-10 days, depending on temperature.  Flowering…


When will flowering occur in Delaware wheat?

In most parts of Delaware, wheat has started to enter flag leaf emergence (FGS 8) and some wheat is just past emergence (FGS 9-boot).  Growers who are concerned about diseases of the head such as glume blotch and fusarium head blight should be…


Should I apply a fungicide to my wheat?

“Should I apply a fungicide to my wheat?”  That is a common question among many growers this season.  My advise has been this: go out and look at your wheat.  Really look at it, don’t just drive by at 60 mph with Lynyrd…


2016 Small Grains Fungicide Efficacy Table now Available

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Stripe Rust Update

Growers should be aware that Stripe Rust was confirmed in different parts of Virginia, including the Eastern Shore, over the weekend.  As mentioned last week, it was confirmed in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee the previous week.  Currently the level of infection is…


Delaware and E Shore Maryland Small Grain Disease Update

Since my last article, the temperatures have been fairly cool and very windy, which has not been favorable for disease development in small grains.  We are seeing low levels of spot/net blotch in barley and some minor powdery mildew in some wheat fields…


Dickeya blackleg updates and considerations for 2016 potato crop

In 2014 and 2015, growers in many parts of the region started to notice black leg symptoms popping up in fields.  However, careful inspection of plants suggested that this was not your typical black leg, which is a seed piece issue resulting from…


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