Reports of Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) in soybeans are coming out. A recent one is from the University of Illinois, they say symptoms of SDS appeared at its research center in April 15 planted soybeans.
Extension educator Angie Peltier says the weather of 2015 growing season was favorable for SDS development. Symptoms are appearing about three weeks earlier than last year.
Research has also shown that SDS could be more severe in fields with high populations of soybean cyst nematodes.
According to ISU extension the disease is one of the four top yield robbing in the U.S. and it's caused by a fungus present in many Iowa soils.