Weather Alert

Winter Storm Warning

 A WINTER STORM WARNING and WINTER WEATHER ADIVSORY are in effect for eastern Iowa through Sunday evening. Rain will turn to snow this afternoon and evening and continue into Sunday afternoon. Strong winds on Sunday may also cause reduced visibilities with blowing and drifting snow. 

Top Stories

Top Stories

text size

Soybean Farmers Concerned After Wet Spring

Updated: Wednesday, May 29 2013, 07:22 AM CDT
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The cool wet spring has delayed planting for corn farmers but it also has presented a problem for soybean producers.
   A soil-borne fungus that thrives in excessively wet years causes a disease known as sudden death syndrome in soybean plants.
   It can destroy entire fields or parts of fields. In 2010, Iowa farmers lost about 28 million bushels of soybeans to SDS.
   Leonor Leandro, Iowa State University assistant professor of plant pathology, says the key is to plant resistant soybean varieties. She says conditions favoring SDS include compacted soils, soils with poor drainage, and fields with a history SDS.
   Leandro says a drier summer will reduce the risk of SDS.
   If the plants get into reproductive stages and the weather turns wet, the disease may surface.

2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Soybean Farmers Concerned After Wet Spring

Advertise with us!

Related Stories

See It Loading...
Advertise with us!