Rains Help Crops — Except Soybeans

Recent rains have been beneficial for many of the area crops as they finish the growing season, but may be adding fuel to a late-season disease in soybeans.

Last week, Angie Peltier at the University of Illinois Extension in Warren County told us about increasing incidents of sudden death syndrome in soybeans, and we asked Monsanto agronomist Lance Tarchionne this week if he has seen the disease in his travels.

“Unfortunately, quite a lot,” Tarchione said.  “I think there’s more in Fulton County than there is in Warren County, based on a little bit of driving I’ve done.  My beans that I’m involved with over there [in Warren County], look a lot healthier than the ones right outside my kitchen window.  In the London Mills area, it’s hard to find a field that doesn’t have sudden death showing up in them.”

Lance was able to share his information with us this week because he didn’t get called to duty at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. He said he normally just handles that when the show is in Illinois.   The Farm Progress Show is in its’ 2nd day near Ames, Iowa. Hours are from 8-to-5 today, and 8-to-4 tomorrow.

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