Charcoal Rot in Soybeans

With hot, dry weather comes the increased risk of charcoal rot. This fungal disease works opposite the normal crop fungal disease;  its presence is most intense during hot, dry conditions rather than moist ones. It infects corn and soybean plants among others, but yield loss is most significant in soybeans. Agronomic Alert: Charcoal Rot in…

Bean Leaf Beetle

Soybean bean leaf beetles (BLB) may be a threat to soybeans due to the potential for large, overwintered adult populations favored by the mild winter conditions. Early planted fields are at risk from BLB.

Spotlight on Bean Leaf Beetles

Soybean Fertility Management

Nutrients are required for water transport and photosynthesis processes, and protein and oil production in the plant.  Nutrient deficiencies are one of the causes of leaf discoloration and/or chlorosis that might be observed in a soybean field and can decrease plant growth and reduce yield potential.  It is beneficial to understand the function of a…

Planting Small-Seeded Soybeans

Like most other things in agriculture, soybean seed size is determined by the interaction of genetics and environment.  Hot and dry conditions, such as those experienced in some parts of the U.S. during the 2011 growing season, can result in smaller seed. Planting smaller seed may require adjustments to planting equipment. Agronomic Spotlight – Planting…

Discolored Soybean Seed

Source: Lara Sweets, University of Missouri  |   September 26, 2011
This may be a year when soybean seed discoloration is a problem in Missouri. Soybean diseases are one of several factors that can cause discoloration and deterioration of soybean seed. The late season soybean diseases, which can lead to discolored soybean seed tend to be favored by wet conditions, including frequent rains, heavy dews and high humidity, as plants mature or if harvest is delayed due to wet conditions.