Sudden Death Syndrome in Dodge County

1.  Scouting fields for Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS):

  • Scout soybean fields this month to determine if you have SDS (How do I know? Look at the three figures below and read about symptoms)
  • If you do not identify SDS in your field and have not in the past, manage the field as you normally have.
  • If you have a history of SDS or identified it for the first time in a field this year, then start making plans for next year.

2. I found SDS in my field, now what?

  • First, make a note and keep it in your records for later reference of which fields and where in the field symptoms for SDS were visible.
  • Avoid moving infested soil from field to field
  • Meet with seed dealer prior to ordering seed to get company recommended varieties for higher SDS tolerance/resistance.
  • Consider these more tolerant varieties for planting in nearby fields for 2015 and definitely back into the problem field in 2016.
  • Improve field drainage and minimize soil compaction if possible.
  • Push this problem field later in the order for planting.
  • Fungicide seed treatments are not effective against the fungicide that causes SDS.
  • If have a field history of SDS and have been planting more tolerant/resistance varieties and still running into problems,: consider moving to corn-corn-soybean rotation and adding tillage ahead of the soybean crop.
Figure 1. An area within a field with SDS.

Figure 1. An area within a field with SDS in the Elkhorn River Valley.

Figure 2. Foliar symptoms of SDS.

Figure 2. Foliar symptoms of SDS.

Figure 3. SDS will have a white healthy pith inside the stem unlike brown stem rot.

Figure 3. SDS will have a white healthy pith inside the stem unlike brown stem rot.

Sudden Death Syndrome in Dodge County
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