Important updates have been made to the multi-state and international collaborative database, the Crop Protection Network (CPN). A total of 31 entries have been added to the database’s encyclopedia section, encompassing wheat crop pathogens. These entries are complete with in-depth descriptions and photos of diseases impacting wheat plants, diagnostic tips, impacts of weather on disease and general management strategies. “The encyclopedia is an information-rich feature that can be easily accessed and quickly updated for several major crops and associated diseases,” said North Dakota State University Cereal Extension Pathologist Andrew Friskop. “The addition of wheat allows users to sort disease information by the portion of plant that is symptomatic and the time of year the disease is being observed. The list of wheat diseases includes a description of symptoms and signs likely to be observed, general management considerations and images of the disease to aid in identification.”
CPN provides a collection of resources to help wheat, corn and soybean farmers identify and manage crop production issues. Wheat ranks as the third highest planted crop in the U.S. by acreage, and it is integral to protect it from yield-reducing diseases to maintain production and profitability. “In areas where wheat, soybean and corn are grown interchangeably, the CPN can reduce the amount of time that is spent by agricultural professionals when searching for unbiased and reputable information on both common and uncommon diseases,” Friskop said. “This can lead to quicker diagnosis and development of disease management strategies.”
Stem rust pustules on wheat tissue.
Many changes have been made to the CPN website this year to ensure that producers have the most valuable, up-to-date and effective information when assessing their fields. CPN’s website has recently been redesigned to incorporate the usage of the most up-to-date and available technology such as video, blogs and social media to reach producers in their preferred method of communication. CPN also recently released four new print publications available in the CPN library here: //cropprotectionnetwork.org/library/. Images courtesy Mary Burrows