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An alarming soybean trend

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Sudden Death Syndrome is a major concern for farmers this season, according to the Iowa Soybean Association.

David Wright is the director of contract research and strategic initiatives for the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA). In a news release, he said, "depending on the soybean variety, [Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS)] can cause slight to 100 percent yield loss, and it is one of the top four yield-robbing soybean diseases."

According to the release, Iowa State University Extension field agronomist Mark Licht said Iowa soybean farmers are seeing this problem pop up this season and attributes much of it to the weather.

"SDS is typically found when we have periods when it's really wet, especially if it's cool and wet shortly after planting," Licht said. "In Iowa, we have been really wet ever since that cool period we had in early May. For us to see [SDS] in the lower, wetter areas where we have compacted soils should be of no surprise because we have had conditions nearly perfect for SDS to show up."

Licht said fungicides do not help with SDS, so much of combating the problem will have to come in the planning for next year.

"It is good to take note of the areas in the field that are more severely affected," Licht said, "and take note of the soybean varieties that are planted out there and how they are responding - how tolerant or susceptible they are to the pathogen."

KWWL's Becca Habegger looks into the severity of this problem for eastern Iowa farmers. Watch KWWL News and check for more.

Online Reporter: Becca Habegger

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