What crop diseases are you seeing? We want to know!

July 14, 2017 4:13 PM
Blog Post

The Twitter accounts @corndisease and @soydisease are a place for farmers agronomists, crop consultants, and specialists to collectively document and trackiPiPE corn and soybean diseases this growing season. To help out with the effort, just take a photo of the crop disease when you’re out scouting fields and then tweet the photo to @corndisease or @soydisease with the name of the disease, and the county and state it’s found in. The hope is to use tweets of crop disease photos from around the country for future disease tracking and prevention purposes.

So far this growing season, southern rust has been confirmed in the following states: Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Visit the @corndisease account for the most current updates and view the southern rust distribution map on the iPiPE website. Recent soybean disease findings include: bacterial blight in Wisconsin and Iowa, and Rhizoctonia root rot in Iowa. Look for soybean disease updates in your area here.

The @soydisease Twitter account will also giving away a free field guide each week to the first person that can correctly identify a soybean disease in a photo that iPiPE will be posted each Wednesday.

This effort is part of the Integrated Pest Information Platform for Education and Extension (iPiPE).

For questions, contact Daren Mueller, associate professor, extension plant pathologist and Integrated Pest Management coordinator at Iowa State University, or Carl Bradley, professor and extension plant pathology specialist at University of Kentucky.

Related Links:
Use Social Media to Capture and Track Crop Diseases
Tips for Capturing Crop Disease Photos on Your Mobile Device
A Farmer's Guide to Soybean Diseases
A Farmer's Guide to Corn Diseases

 

Authors: 

Jody Korthaus IPM Communications Specialist

Jody is a communications specialist with the Iowa State University Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. She grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm in southern Iowa, and graduated form Iowa State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree i...

Daren Mueller Assistant Professor

Dr. Daren Mueller is an assistant professor and extension plant pathologist at Iowa State University. He is also the coordinator of the Iowa State University Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. Dr. Mueller eraned his bachelor's degree from the Unive...