Source: Purdue University and Ohio State University

With soybean harvest nearly complete, now's the time to be thinking about choosing the right soybean varieties for next season to help manage the myriad of diseases and pests that can impact the crop.


"We've got several key pathogens including Phytophthora root rot, soybean cyst nematode, seedling diseases, and frogeye leaf spot, all of which can be managed with variety selection and the use of seed treatments in some instances," said Anne Dorrance, an Ohio State University plant pathologist with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.


When it comes to managing Phytophthora root and stem rot, variety selection with the right resistance package is key, said Dorrance. Many single genes are no longer effective or are beginning to erode in their resistance. 

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