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Disease presence in a field can drastically reduce yield potential and can be extremely difficult to manage. It is crucial to scout early for diseases before the full bloom and full pod stages in order to maintain high yield potential. Be sure to note which field has been contaminated in order to avoid recurring diseases in future growing seasons. Foliar fungicides can also be used to protect against major foliar diseases. Full bloom (R2) to full pod (R4) are crucial periods to help maximize yield potential, so reducing plant stress during these stages is essential. Rotating to a non-host crop can help eliminate disease presence. Some diseases to be aware of include1:
It is never too early to begin scouting for diseases throughout the growing season. Infection can affect soybean seedlings, foliage, roots, stems, pods, and seeds, drastically reducing yield potential. For more information on soybean diseases, be sure to visit the Asgrow® website, click on ‘protect’ and then ‘reduce plant stress.’
1Advanced Agronomic Guide. Technology Development & Agronomy, 2009-2010. Asgrow® is a registered trademark of Monsanto Technology LLC. ©2012 Monsanto Company.