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Watch for red crown rot in soybeans next spring

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A plant pathologist with University of Missouri Extension says farmers should monitor for red crown rot in soybeans next year.

Mandy Bish says the fungus overwinters in the soil, impacts soybean roots shortly after planting and looks a lot like Sudden Death Syndrome.

“The biggest difference between SDS and red crown rot is on the roots of the plant with red crown rot you’ll see tiny red dots, but the structures aren’t always present on the plant,” she says.

Watch for red crown rot in soybeans next spring