With more than 100 diseases that can attack soybean crops, why would charcoal rot rise to the top of the most wanted list? University of Illinois scientists cite the earth’s changing climate as one reason that more research is needed on the fungus that causes charcoal rot.
Farmers in the Great Lakes area of the U.S. may be concerned about white mold (also called Sclerotinia stem rot) in soybean this year.
The pace at which corn and bean plants have grown means they might be prone to a unique combination of challenges. One of these is the increased likelihood of disease.
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The soy complex also dropped on weather news. The industry has recently worried about persistent August dryness, especially if temperatures warm. However, meteorologists reportedly think there’s a significant chance of Corn Belt rain next week, whereas there’s no excessive heat in the forecast. August soybean futures ended Tuesday having fallen 10.0 cents to $12.265/bushel, while November futures dropped 12.75 cents to $10.95. August soyoil slid 0.27 cents to 36.25 cents/pound and August soymeal stumbled $7.4 to $395.4/ton.