Southern rust disease found in 11 Neb. counties

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Southern rust disease has been confirmed in samples from 11 counties in south-central and southeastern Nebraska.

Tamra Jackson-Ziems is a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension plant pathologist, and she says warm weather and high humidity may promote development and spread of the disease.

She says that if the disease continues to spread and worsen in Nebraska, fields planted later this spring are at higher risk for disease and lower corn yield.

Crop disease information in Nebraska is updated on CropWatch, UNL Extension’s crop production newsletter at

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