​Resource Could Simplify Identification in the Field

Septoria brown spot

UTIA's new mobile-friendly field guide will help farmers quickly diagnose soybean diseases, like Septoria brown spot (shown in image), in their fields. It can be found at guide.utcrops.com. Photo courtesy UTIA. Download image.​


JACKSON, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology has released a mobile-friendly disease field guide that will help growers, agents and consultants quickly assess foliar diseases in their soybean fields. This new resource can be found at
guide.utcrops.com.

The guide features general information on all foliar diseases that pose an economic threat to Tennessee’s soybean crop. Proper identification is made easier through video instruction and a comprehensive photo gallery. These features allow users to easily compare what they are seeing on the screen with what they are seeing in the field.
  Once the problem is identified, users can view management options for each disease, including information on variety selection, fungicide efficacy and resistance.


Heather Kelly, assistant professor with UT’s Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, designed the new guide. Her goal was to create an informative site that would look great and function well on the devices most growers are using – smartphones.


“This guide should make it easier for producers to quickly identify diseases and make management decisions,” says Kelly, “and since it’s mobile friendly, it will also be user-friendly when producers access it in the field.”

While the guide currently features only soybean disease information, Kelly says the site will eventually include information and identification tools for diseases that affect other row crops. She adds that the mobile friendly guide can also be easily viewed on a laptop or desktop computer.

For the latest Tennessee crops news, pest and disease alerts and research information, be sure to follow the
UTCrops News Blog.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu

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Contact:

Heather Kelly, UT Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, 731-425-4713,
youngkelly@utk.edu

Ginger Rowsey, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 731-425-4768, gtrice@tennessee.edu


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