Soybean with the disease known as Sudden Death Syndrome are appearing in some areas of the region. Sudden death syndrome (SDS) is now among the top four yield robbing diseases in soybeans in the United States. It has been relatively uncommon in our territory, but it can be found, and was found in a field near Willow Lake.

Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) is caused by the soil borne fungus Fusarium solani f. sp. glycines. Sudden Death Syndrome is favored in high-yield environments. The disease is more prevalent during cool, wet growing seasons and is favored by early planting in cool soils. The disease appears only after flowering and progresses rapidly.

Read about the symptoms and ways to manage SDS here.