Scouting Goss’s Wilt​​

Hear from Channel Seedsman Matt Hasenauer of North Platte, Nebraska on how to scout for Goss's Wilt in your fields.

Key Takeaways:

  • The leaf margin will start turning brown and develop a shiny varnish where the Goss’s wilt lesions are taking place.
  • Rotating crops can help reduce some of the residue that could be a potential problem.

What is your process for scouting for Goss’s Wilt with your growers?

The disease starts showing itself fairly easily. The leaf margin start turning brown, there's kind of a shiny, varnish look to the leaf where the Goss's wilt lesions are taking place. And when you get to the scouting part of it, it's nice to let them know that it's there because a lot of times if it's late in season they'll see the plants start to kind of die off early, and if they're not aware that it's the disease causing it, they may just think that the plant is maturing a little bit quicker than normal. And if they don't really take time to understand why it did that, they may plant a susceptible hybrid back into that field the next year and really have a problem. And so when you get to the scouting part, it's really just about awareness and helping walk that customer through some steps to take care of the issue the next year. You might wanna rotate. That will reduce some of the residue that might be a potential problem and selecting the right germplasm to alleviate the risk​​.​

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