Robert M. Harveson

Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist

Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Ave I Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Phone: (308) 632-1239;  Fax: (308) 632-1365


  • Ph. D. 1999, University of Florida – Plant Pathology
  • M. S. 1989, Texas A&M University – Plant Pathology
  • B. S. 1985, Tarleton State University – Plant/Soil Science
  • B. A. 1983, Trinity University - History


Diseases of specialty crops


  • Selected to Strathmore’s Who’s Who (2009-2010)
  • Selected to Madison’s Who’s Who (2009), Continental Who’s Who (2009), IBC’s International Scientist of the Year (2009), and IBC’s Leading Scientists of the World (2009)
  • Selected to Marquis’ Who’s Who in America (2008), and IBC’s 2,000 Outstanding Scientists (2008)
  • Elected to Bridgeport (TX) High School’s “Wall of Fame” (2004)
  • Named UNL Ag Research Division’s (ARD) Outstanding Young Scientist (Junior Faculty Excellence in Research Award) (2003)
  • Selected to AcademicKeys Who’s Who in Agriculture Higher Education (2003)


  • American Phytopathological Society (APS)
  • North Central Division of American Phytopathological Society
  • Mycological Society of America
  • American Association of Sugar Beet Technologists (ASSBT)
  • Gamma Sigma Delta
  • Sigma Xi


Fund, design, and conduct research projects that address the etiology, spread, and applied management of new and/or important diseases of specialty crops in the Panhandle of Nebraska, with an emphasis on sugar beet, dry bean, and sunflower diseases.


Develop and deliver statewide and regional educational publications and programs involving diseases of specialty crops - including sugar beets, dry beans, sunflowers, potatoes, chickpeas and other pulse crops, proso millet, chicory, grass seed, edible amaranths, bio-fuel crops like brown mustards, camelina, and canola, and other newly emerging alternative crops.


Senior Editor of Plant Disease (2010-2012)

Editor and co-author for new revision of Compendium of Beet Diseases and Pests for APS Press (2009)

Reviewed 438 page book on Genus Cercospora for APS Press (2008)

Associate Editor of Plant Disease (2008-2009)

Served on Sugar Crops Panel to review USDA-ARS sugar (cane and beet) programs (2007 and 2009)

Technical Editor and co-author for new revision of Dry Bean Pest Mgmt Guide- by the Central High Plains Dry Bean and Sugar Beet Group (2005).

Revised 5 chapters in Compendium of Bean Diseases for APS Press (2005)


1. Harveson, R. M., Schwartz, H. F., Vidaver, A. K., Lambrecht, P. A. and Otto, K. 2006. New Outbreaks of Bacterial Wilt of Dry Beans in Nebraska Observed from Field Infections. Plant Dis. 90: 681.

2. Harveson, R. M. 2006. Identifying and distinguishing seedling and root rot diseases of sugar beets. Plant Health Progress, doi: 10.1094/PHP-2006-0915-01-DG.

3. Harveson, R. M., and Schwartz, H. F. 2007. Bacterial Diseases of Dry Edible Beans in the Central High Plains. Plant Health Progress, doi: 10.1094/PHP-2007-0125-01-DG.

4. Harveson, R. M., Windels, C. E., Smith, J. A., Brantner, J. R., Cattanach, A. W., Giles, J. F., Hubbell, L., and Cattanach, N. R. 2007. Fungicide Registration and a Small Niche Market: A Case History of Hymexazol Seed Treatment and the U. S. Sugar Beet Industry. Plant Disease 91: 780-790.

5. Harveson, R. M., and Vidaver, A. K. 2007. First Report of the Natural Occurrence of Soybean Bacterial Wilt Isolates Pathogenic to Dry Beans in Nebraska. Online. Plant Health Progress, doi: 10.1094/PHP- 2007-0822-01-BR.

6. Jackson, T. A., Harveson, R. M., and Vidaver, A. K. 2007. Reemergence of Goss’s Wilt and Blight of Corn to the Central High Plains. Online. Plant Health Progress, doi: 10.1094/PHP-2007-0919-01-BR.

7. Harveson, R. M., and Vidaver, A. K. 2008. A new color variant of the dry bean bacterial wilt pathogen (Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens pv. flaccumfaciens) found in western Nebraska. Plant Health Progress, Online. Plant Health Progress, doi: 10.1094/PHP-2008-0815-01- BR.

8. Harveson, R. M., and Urrea, C. A. 2009. Evaluating Chickpea Genotypes for Resistance to Ascochyta Blight in Nebraska. Online. Plant Health Progress. doi:10.1094/PHP-2009-0720-01-RS.).

9. Harveson, R. M. 2010. First Report of Sugar Beet Seedling Rust Caused by Puccinia subnitens in Nebraska. Online. Plant Health Progress. doi:10.1094/PHP-2010-0315-03-BR.

10. Harveson, R. M. 2010. First Report of the Early Spore Stages of Sunflower Rust, Caused by Puccinia helianthi, in Nebraska. Online. Plant Health Progress. doi:10.1094/PHP-2010-0315-01-BR.

11. Harveson, R. M., Steadman, J. R., and Urrea, C. A. 2010 Integrating Planting Dates and Fungicide Applications for Managing White Mold of Dry Beans in western Nebraska. Plant Health Progress: doi: 10.1094/PHP 2010 0701-02-RS.

12. Urrea, C. A., Harveson, R. M., Koehler, A. E., Burgener, P., and Baltensperger, D. D. 2010. Evaluating the Agronomic Potential of Chickpea Germplasm for Western Nebraska. Agron. J. 102: 1179-1185.

13. Urrea, C. A., Baltensperger, D. D., Harveson, R. M., Frickel, G.E., and Koehler, A.E. 2010. Registration of the Chickpea Germplasm PI Bulk with Enhanced Resistance to Ascochyta Blight. J. Plant Registrations 4: (in press).

14. Harveson, R. M., Markell, S. G., Goswami, R., Urrea, C. A., Burrows, M., Dugan, F., Chen, W. and Skogland, L. G. 2011? Ascochyta Blight of Chickpeas (Diagnostic Guide). Plant Health Progress: (in press).