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Most Recent Webinar:

Strength in Numbers: Assessing the Impact of New and Emerging Field Crop Diseases
Monday, April 25, 2022 – View the Recording

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Kiersten Wise, Extension Professor, Plant Pathology, University of Kentucky.

Changes in climate and production practices have led to new and emerging diseases in corn and soybeans. Assessing the impact of new diseases across a broad geography has traditionally taken extensive time. However, the formation of the Crop Protection Network, a multinational group of university research and extension pest management specialists, has created a platform for information exchange about these diseases. The Network has developed interactive yield loss tools to assess the impact of new diseases and more effectively link causal issues, such as climate, to these losses. This webinar features Kiersten Wise, Professor in the department of Plant Pathology at the University of Kentucky, who explores these tools.

Kiersten earned her B.S. degree in Plant Health and Protection from Iowa State University, her M.S. in Plant Pathology from the University of Georgia, and completed her Ph.D. work at North Dakota State University, also in Plant Pathology. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Kentucky, she was at Purdue University for 8 years as the Extension Specialist for field crop diseases. Her extension and research programs focus on developing economical and sustainable disease management practices for agronomic field crops. She is the Co-Director of the Crop Protection Network, a multinational extension group that focuses on IPM resources for corn, soybean wheat and alfalfa.