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Diplodia ear rot. Photo Credit: Alyssa Collins
Corn Ear Rots and Mycotoxins - Articles Articles

Corn Ear Rots and Mycotoxins

Adriana Murillo-Williams, Alyssa Collins, Ph.D., Paul D. Esker

There are many pathogens that cause ear rots. Identify which ones are associated with mycotoxin contamination! More
Figure 1. Wheat seed and young seedlings affected by Fusarium graminearum (white arrows). (Photo credit: Brandon Wilt, PSU-PPEM.)
Wheat and Barley Diseases: What is in Your Seed? - Articles Articles

Wheat and Barley Diseases: What is in Your Seed?

Adriana Murillo-Williams, Alyssa Collins, Ph.D., Paul D. Esker

Seeds can serve as the vehicle for unwanted plant pathogens and weeds. Avoid the risks! More
A soybean plant with Sudden Death Syndrome
Soybean Sudden Death and Brown Stem Rot: How to Tell the Difference - Articles Articles

Soybean Sudden Death and Brown Stem Rot: How to Tell the Difference

Alyssa Collins, Ph.D., Adriana Murillo-Williams

These two nasty soybean diseases can be hard to tell apart. Learn what to look for so you can know your enemy. More
Mid-ear cutworm injury resulting in subsequent ear mold infection by several pathogens. Image credit: G. Roth
Avoiding Mycotoxins in Grain Corn and Silage - Articles Articles

Avoiding Mycotoxins in Grain Corn and Silage

Alyssa Collins, Ph.D., Paul D. Esker, Adriana Murillo-Williams

Toxins caused by fungi are a real concern in grain corn and silage. Is there anything we can do about it? More
Figure 1. Soybean cyst nematodes females (yellow arrows) and nodules (white arrows) on soybean roots. Photo credit: Penn State Department of Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology Archives, Penn State University, Bugwood.org
Plant Parasitic Nematodes Explained - Articles Articles

Plant Parasitic Nematodes Explained

Adriana Murillo-Williams, Alyssa Collins, Ph.D., Paul D. Esker

Have you noticed a decline in yield without a clear explanation? It could be due to plant parasitic nematodes. More
Figure 1. Soybean field showing variable growth and development at the R1-R2 (flowering) growth stage Photo Credit: P. Esker.
Soybean Stem Diseases: What are the Different Symptoms and Signs? - Articles Articles

Soybean Stem Diseases: What are the Different Symptoms and Signs?

Alyssa Collins, Ph.D., Paul D. Esker, Adriana Murillo-Williams

Soybean growth and development has been variable this year – what might we expect to find as the season progresses? More
Grey Leaf Spot in corn. Image Credit: Alyssa Collins
Early-season Corn Fungicide Considerations - Articles Articles

Early-season Corn Fungicide Considerations

Alyssa Collins, Ph.D., Paul D. Esker

Does it pay to spray at V5 to V7, or even V10, corn? What factors should we consider before pulling the trigger? More
Photo Credit: Alyssa A. Collins
Industrial Hemp Production - Articles Articles

Industrial Hemp Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Alyssa Collins, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Gregory W. Roth, Ph.D., Heather E. Manzo

This publication focuses on growing industrial hemp for either seed or fiber on an agronomic crop farm with a typical complement of tillage, planting, and harvest equipment. More
Scabby Heads. Image Credit: Alyssa Collins, Penn State
What to do if You Have Scab? - Articles Articles

What to do if You Have Scab?

Alyssa Collins, Ph.D., Paul D. Esker

Here’s what to consider when your small grains have been hit hard by a Fusarium head scab epidemic More
Bin-run seed lacks the quality of certified seed. Photo credit: Alyssa Collins
Bin-run Seed: Associated Risks for Soybean Production - Articles Articles

Bin-run Seed: Associated Risks for Soybean Production

Adriana Murillo-Williams, Alyssa Collins, Ph.D., Paul D. Esker

Before you try to save money by planting farm-saved seed, know the hidden costs! More
Treated (left) and non-treated (right) soybean seeds. Photo credit: Paul Esker & Alyssa Collins, Penn State.
Seed Selection Based on Disease Resistance Ratings - Articles Articles

Seed Selection Based on Disease Resistance Ratings

Paul D. Esker, Alyssa Collins, Ph.D.

Make choices for a healthy crop next season before putting even one seed in the ground. More
Diplodia ear rot on corn
Ear Rots in Your Corn Crop? - Articles Articles

Ear Rots in Your Corn Crop?

Alyssa Collins, Ph.D.

Tips to identify ear rot and action to take if you suspect it on your corn crop. More
Malting Barley in Pennsylvania
Malting Barley in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles

Malting Barley in Pennsylvania

Alyssa Collins, Ph.D., Austin Kirt, Gregory W. Roth, Ph.D.

Demand for locally sourced malted barley, for local craft beer, has led to the development of malt houses in PA and other states in our region. More
Start Clean and Stack the Deck Against Cereal Killers
Start Clean and Stack the Deck Against Cereal Killers - Articles Articles
Take actions now that will enhance your winter small grains health this fall and into the next year. More
Late Season Soybean Diseases
Late Season Soybean Diseases - Articles Articles

Late Season Soybean Diseases

Alyssa Collins, Ph.D.

Looking beyond necrotic, to find root or stem infections that are still disease concerns later in the season. More
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Frogeye Leaf Spot - Articles Articles

Frogeye Leaf Spot

Alyssa Collins, Ph.D.

Frogeye Leafspot typically not a detrimental pest in PA, but warmer weather can increase its presence. More
Evaluating Your Wheat Crop for Disease
Evaluating Your Wheat Crop for Disease - Articles Articles
It’s time to check your wheat crop to gain an idea of what kind of quality you can expect at harvest. More
White mold sclerotia on soybean stem
So You've Got White Mold in Soybeans... - Articles Articles
With moist and humid conditions this year, high reports of white mold is no surprise. More
Figure 1. Sudden Death Syndrome in soybeans.
Weird Soybean Symptoms on Top? Look Down Below! - Articles Articles
There may be something brewing in the lower canopy or roots of your soybeans. More
How to Decide About Fungicides How to Decide About Fungicides - Articles

How to Decide About Fungicides

Alyssa Collins, Ph.D.

Deciding on the use of fungicides to combat foliar diseases requires a logical progression of judgments and decisions. More
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Assess Your Wheat for Scab - Articles Articles

Assess Your Wheat for Scab

Alyssa Collins, Ph.D.

Critical juncture to scout, assess and react, if necessary, to reduce any potential for vomitoxins this year. More
Mary Burrows, Montana State University, Bugwood.org
Fusarium Head Blight - Articles Articles

Fusarium Head Blight

Alyssa Collins, Ph.D.

Fusarium head blight (scab) is an important disease affecting wheat and barley. More
Barley Yellow Dwarf
Barley Yellow Dwarf - Articles Articles

Barley Yellow Dwarf

Alyssa Collins, Ph.D.

Barley yellow dwarf is one of the most widely distributed and destructive viral diseases of small grains. More