March 15, 2013 - If I asked you to name the top two yield-robbing soybean pests in the US, you may be able to accurately answer Soybean Cyst Nematode and Phytophthora Root Rot. Coming up with number three on the list could be more of a challenge, but you would be correct to say Charcoal Rot. 7.1 Million bushels of production are lost annually to this disease that prospers in the presence of conditions that conjure up the words "stress" and "arid". Causal agent is Macrophomina phaseolina, a fungus with over 500 known hosts including corn and grain sorghum.
Today's farmer grows twice as much food as his parents did, using less land, energy, water and fewer emissions. This kind of progress simply wouldn't be possible without a dedication to innovative seed technology and high-yield strategies. Typically, corn and its agricultural and economic impacts are the conversation topics and headline makers. So, to make sure nobody feels left out, we took a moment to dive into the world of the soybean and its role in the future of agriculture. See for yourself!