Staying on top of all the latest ag technology, field data and research can be overwhelming. That’s why the Soybean Research & Information Initiative, formerly the Plant Health Initiative, continually provides you with access to expert information and news about soybean pests, diseases, and agronomics. The aim of this check off-funded website is to communicate the on-going progress and current understanding coming from your active and wide-ranging U.S. soybean research programs. Please visit often!

NEWS & TOPICS

New Video Series Reports on Charcoal Rot Research
Sat, Oct 25, 2014
New Video Series Reports on Charcoal Rot Research
Charcoal rot of soybean is a recognized disease in southern U.S. states. More recently, growers and agronomists are noticing an increased incidence of charcoal rot in the north-central region. A multi-state research project, funded by the North Central Soybean Research Program and the United Soybean Board, is underway to determine the effect of charcoal rot on soybean yield, and the best management options for growers in northern states.  Soybean pathologists report on their research in this six-part video series. Watch now
Cover crops and SCN: What’s the connection?
Tue, Oct 7, 2014
Cover crops and SCN: What’s the connection?
By Greg Tylka, Iowa State University
There are two aspects of cover crops that relate to the biology and management of the soybean cyst nematode (SCN). The most immediate point of interest is whether the cover crop plants can serve as inadvertent hosts for the nematode. Of greatest concern would be leguminous plants used as cover crops because there are almost 100 different legume species reported to be hosts (support reproduction) of SCN.  Read more
Cover Crops Field Guide for farmers expanded, updated
Wed, Sept 24, 2014
Cover Crops Field Guide for farmers expanded, updated
Farmers interested in planting cover crops to improve soil health now have an updated and expanded resource in the  Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide.

 This is the second edition of the popular pocket-size in-field reference that helps farmers effectively select, grow and use cover crops in their farming systems. The pocket guide is produced by Purdue University and the Midwest Cover Crops Council. Read more
Remain Vigilant for Palmer Amaranth
Mon, Sept 22, 2014
Remain Vigilant for Palmer Amaranth
Stiff, pointed bracts of a female
Palmer amaranth
by Aaron Hager, University of Illinois

Accurate identification of weedy Amaranthus species during early vegetative stages can be difficult.  However, identification of the various species becomes much more reliable when reproductive structures are present.

Before harvest begins, consider taking a few minutes to scout fields; at this time of year it is much easier to differentiate between Palmer amaranth and waterhemp plants. View photos
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