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!


Tue - January 16, 2018
A reminder that the final results of crop performance tests conducted at all twelve north-central universities are available to the public. These self-supported, public testing programs are designed to provide growers with the unbiased crop performance information they need to make informed variety selection decisions.  MORE
Wed - December 20, 2017
Two major pathogens causing yield losses in soybeans in the Midwest are Fusarium virguliforme (Fv), the causal agent of soybean sudden death syndrome (SDS), and Heterodera glycines, the soybean cyst nematode (SCN). To date, it is not known how cover crops may impact these diseases. We conducted checkoff-funded greenhouse studies to evaluate the susceptibility of common cover crop species to infection by these two major pathogens.  MORE
Tue - December 12, 2017
A new field guide is available to assist growers and scouts identify and monitor nine species of stink bugs and their damage in the North Central region. Two beneficial stink bugs may also be encountered, which are predators of crop pests and should not be included in calculations for monitoring and treatment.
Fri - December 8, 2017
The number of SCN-resistant soybean varieties available for soybean farmers has increased steadily since the early 1990s. Iowa State University publishes an updated list of SCN-resistant soybean varieties in maturity groups 0, 1, 2, and 3 annually to help farmers know their choices.   MORE