Beet Rust

Uromyces beticola

Favoured in cool and wet seasons, Beet rust (Uromyces beticola) is commonly seen in beet crops. Characteristic symptoms are raised red pustules on leaves. Severe infestations can lead to leaf loss and reduce yields.

Beet Rust

Main Host

Fodder and sugar beet.


Small circular (1-2 mm) raised pustules that are red-orange or brown colour. They can be found on both sides of the leaf and leaf stalk and usually have a yellow halo.

Life Cycle

To overwinter, beet rust must have living beet material (fodder beet, sugar beet, spinach, swiss chard etc.) to survive. From early spring the beet plant is susceptible to attack by beet rust, but it is the late season attack that has the greatest effect. In the late summer or early autumn, beet rust can increase very quickly, causing older leaves to wilt and die.

Weather Conditions

Disease development is favoured by cool (16-20ÂșC), moist weather.

Economic Impact

Reduces the palatability of leaves and in Europe, beet rust infections have been shown to lead to moderate yield reductions in sugar beet.


Escolta has a label claim for the control of beet rust.

Beet rust infection

Beet infected with rust

Beet rust pustule

Sporulating beet rust pustule

Beet Rust

Rust is currently the most commonly seen fodder beet disease in New Zealand

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