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!


Thu - June 23, 2016
By Brian Diers, Soybean Breeder, University of Illinois

Planting the most resistant varieties available is the foundation of an SDS management program. Our work on genetic resistance to SDS has made good progress towards the goal of providing growers with soybean varieties with increasing SDS resistance.

At least 17 varieties and germplasm lines have been released. Mapped and confirmed genes are now being integrated into breeding programs through the use of marker-assisted selection, which should continue to increase the pace of developing SDS-resistant varieties.  MORE
Mon - June 6, 2016
by Mehdi Kabbage and Damon Smith, Soybean Plant Pathologists, University of Wisconsin.

Sclerotinia stem rot (SSR), also called white mold, is a sporadic but yield-limiting disease in the north-central region. Specific weather conditions must be present at the time of soybean flowering -- if they are absent, then SSR is unlikely to occur. One of the objectives in our current work on Sclerotinia stem rot is to more clearly define the effect of weather and application timing on the efficacy of fungicides.  MORE
Mon - May 16, 2016
Kiersten Wise, Plant Pathologist, Purdue University and Loren Giesler, Plant Pathologist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

In this video, we show how to recognize seedling diseases in the field, and how to collect a sample to confirm the field diagnosis. We have also updated the publication Fungicide Efficacy for Control of Soybean Seedling Disease as of April 2016.   MORE
Tue - April 19, 2016
by Jim Kurle, Soybean Plant Pathologist, University of Minnesota

Effective control of seed and seedling rots is becoming increasingly important to protect the value of seed, currently the largest single expense in soybean production. We have found that a range of partial resistance is present in a collection of soybean lines that could be easily incorporated into breeding lines adapted to short growing seasons.  MORE