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How Can I Address Sudden Death Syndrome In Soybeans?

Dec 20, 2010

Question: I had sudden death syndrome in my soybeans this past season. What should I do for the 2011 season? 

Answer: Sudden death syndrome (SDS) was fairly widespread this past year, but losses varied depending on the severity within fields. Some states, like Illinois, had fairly limited outbreaks while others, such as Ohio, had quite a bit of it throughout the state. SDS tended to strike in fields that were wet and stayed wet and in fields planted earlier than normal. X. B. Yang at Iowa State University says that everything you can do to manage this disease must be done before or at planting, as there is no chemical that controls SDS. There are no SDS-resistant varieties, but there are varieties with tolerance. Also, he says to plant fields with a history of SDS last, when the weather is warmer and the soil is drier.
 
 
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