Sudden Death Syndrome has been spreading north into South Dakota, Minnesota (south of Ottertail County) and North Dakota (Richland County). SDS is one of the leading yield-limiting soybean diseases in North America.
Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) is a soybean disease caused by a soil-borne fungus. SDS rears its ugly head in the form of root rot, leaf lesions and discoloration.
The fungus overwinters in the soil, and in corn and soybean crop residue. A young soybean plant can be infected shortly after germination—especially in cool, wet soils. The pathogen then moves up the plant as it grows, showing symptoms in the stems and leaves.
Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done once the plant starts showing symptoms for Sudden Death Syndrome, so prevention is key to managing this disease. Work with your Peterson Farms Seed dealer when making your seed placement plan.
SDSU Extension has a great article on this topic. Learn more here.