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ISSUE DATE: 10/04/2010

Sudden Death Syndrome buries 2010 soybean crop

By Doug Rich

Growing conditions in the upper Midwest were ideal this year for Sudden Death Syndrome in soybeans. The cause of the disease is a soil fungus that infects the roots of the soybean plant early in development then later in the growing season kills the plant during pod set and pod filling.

"Sudden death syndrome is usually most prevalent when we get really wet conditions early and we had really wet conditions early," said John Soper, vice president of crop genetics research and development at Pioneer.

Alison Robertson, assistant professor of plant pathology at Iowa State University said this was the worst year for SDS in the state since 2008. Robertson said it was hard to drive anywhere in the state without seeing a field with SDS. Nearly every field in the northeast region of the state had some level of SDS infection.

"This year's yield losses to SDS are expected to exceed 20 percent in some fields," said David Wright, Iowa Soybean Association's director of contract research.


NEWS

AFBF backs bill to expand broadband in rural America
Ag groups urge repeal of burdensome IRS requirement
Ag in Arkansas provides a $16 billion bang
AgriLife Research-Amarillo hires grain geneticist
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers to hold annual meeting Oct. 1
ARS launches redesigned site for kids
Bennet applauds House passage of rural energy bill
Chapman family named K-State Family of the Year
Colorado Building Farmers program begins Oct. 11
Congressional delegation sends letter to EPA
Coop settles Clean Water Act issues at Scottsbluff, Neb.
Farm Bureau staffer earns McCloy Fellowship
Farmers, non-profit ministry work together to support African village
Grizzly and cubs moved away from Cody
Interim resident director of AgriLife center in Uvalde named
It's good to be the queen
Kansas prepares for 20th anniversary class of KARL
KDA awarded $1.1 million feed safety grant
Kids' Science Day to focus on water quality, climate
K-State professors named agronomy society fellows
Man uses pink tractor to honor cancer victim
Murkowski resolution of disapproval fails
N.M. 'Farm Family of the Year' selected
Nebraska Ag Classic will help producers be successful
New AgriLife food safety initiative announced
NSF funding advances hypoxia research
Over $200 Million loaned to save Kansas family farms
Rehabilitating disabled farmers, ranchers is focus of seminar for caregivers
Searching for efficient ways to produce biofuel
Senate agriculture holds hearing on EPA regulation of ag industry
Sparta residents chosen as State Fair Farm Family for Christian County
Survey suggests weak rural Midwest, Plains economy
Top USDA officials to speak at San Antonio Farm and Ranch Show
Tough Enough to Wear Pink Campaign returns to K-State
USDA distributes election-year farm aid
USDA finalizes ground beef standards

CROPS

Aflatoxin is a Continual Issue according to TCPB
Ag in Action launches ethanol video contest
ASA testifies on soybean trade issues
Assistant hired to aid Plum Creek Watershed Partnership
Bringing the wheat field to Congress
Camelina has potential as biofuels crop
Crop diagnostics may be a touch of the button away
Eastern N.M. farmers report varied corn yield
Expected big Kan. corn yields look to be average
Farm and ranch show will feature soil management tools
Farnam Vineyard Wins Award
Field day demonstrates biomass equipment
Kansas farmers become proactive through social media
Kays earns Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship
Load weight exceptions apply during corn harvest
Making harvest evaluations
National Sorghum Foundation awards scholarships
NAWG now accepting applications for winter internship
New genetic tool helps improve rice
Nominations for Conservation Awards open
Nov. 15 is EQIP/WHIP application cutoff date
Partnerships benefit conservation efforts
Plan for phosphorus and potassium fertilization
Planning for wheat planting
Prospective wine-grape grower workshop set Oct. 12 in Pittsburg
Purchasing certified wheat seed brings benefits
Rattlesnake Creek WTAP sign-up under way
Register for IPSA Annual Conference
Report says ethanol production becoming more efficient
Row crop harvest, small grain planting continued
Sorghum checkoff provides input on European levy rate
Sorghum may replace corn as preferred crop for ethanol
Specialty crops to get boost from grant projects
St. John farmer's market wheat show entry continues family legacy
Study says E15 has no adverse effect on older cars
Sudden Death Syndrome buries 2010 soybean crop
Survey shows cropland values rising in Nebraska
Texas Peanut Growers Selected for National Leadership Academy
USDA launches Conservation Loan program
Wait to apply nitrogen
Water conference planned for Oct. 26 in Topeka
Wheat growers host legislative field day
Wheat researchers combine forces to battle major disease

LIVESTOCK

AI helps with planned fall breeding of cattle
Angus Iowa champions selected
Committee approves beef checkoff initiatives
Consumers spend less on meat when livestock is in the media
Decreasing hog inventory helps producer profitability
Demand steady for Gelbvieh feeder cattle
EU levy limits feed grain options for livestock producers
Exhibitors earn awards, valuable experiences at Junior Livestock Show
Hereford demand continues to grow
Japanese journalists tour U.S. beef industry
Kansans visit Russia for trade mission
Lack of worm control in goats can destroy herd
Limousin board reduces checkoff amount per head
Limousin releases EPDs from multibreed evaluation
Livestock Person of the Year named
Mission trip will market purebred cattle in Russia
Multi-county range, predator and livestock program slated for Oct. 26
National Barrow Show judging contest winners announced
National Junior Red Angus officers elected by peers
NBS Progeny Test honors presented
No evidence that tainted eggs go beyond two farms
Oklahoma Beef Council announces endowment of Grandin professorship at OSU
Pinkeye will be topic at Wurdack Farm field day
Poland Angus Ranch to host annual judging contest
Show-Me producers have a field day with premiums
Southwest Missouri Beef Conference will be in Bolivar Oct. 21
Students named Cargill Graduate Fellows in Meat Science
Texas horns help numerous charities
Vilsack commends dairy industry for environmental efforts

EDITOR

My pants don't fit
The unsung hero
Why do today what you can do tomorrow?

COLUMNS

Consumer education on the midway
Explain why, not just how
Hoegemeyer Hybrids debuts new corn, soybeans
Just a scoop full
Lost! (according to my wife)

MARKETS

Aberdeen livestock sales report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock summary report
Apache livestock sales report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock sales report
Colorado feeder cattle sale
Corn crop progresses
Corn harvest progressing
Crop harvest hindered by rain in some areas
Dalhart livestock sales report
Dry conditions dominate the state
Dunlap feeder cattle auction
Ericson cattle auction report
Faith livestock sales report
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain bids moderately lower
Grain market close
Hay slow to moderate
Hay supply moderate, prices steady
Heavy rains slow harvest activity
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin livestock sales report
Lexington livestock sales report
McAlester livestock auction report
More than half of corn crop already harvested
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock sales report
Precipitation slows harvest of row crops
Presho livestock auction report
Rainfall keeps farmers out of fields
Row crop harvest, small grain planting continued
Row crops in mostly good condition
Showers halt harvest
South Central direct sheep
Spring crop harvest well behind normal
Springfield dairy heifer sales report
Springfield livestock auction report
St. Onge livestock sales report
Superior video auction report
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains regional cattle sales
Woodward livestock sales report

RANGE

Controlling weeds safely
Field tour will provide valuable information for landowners

FAMILY

Andale residents win Kids in the Kitchen Beef Cookoff
Avoiding bee attacks
Bulletin analyzes wildlife risks to ag producers
Celebrate veal as the official dish of Columbus Day
'Christmas Memories' theme of annual Christmas Card Contest
Composting class offered in Dallas
Dealing with falling leaves
Destructive ants can invade homes by the millions
Disrespecting spouses
Ducks Unlimited concerned about loss of CRP acres
Fall Forestry Field Day set for Oct. 14
Feral hogs, brush control will be discussed
Find fall fun on the farm
Hazelnut Field Day will be Oct. 9 in Lake City
Huntersville's accents make it enchanting
Meditation for 10-4-10
Prairie Land Food Program set for Oct. 7
Prepare to clean up, winterize the garden
Storms, border violence threaten Texas citrus industry
'Surprise' harvests may not taste good
Travelers share stories during fall travel contest
Turning pin oaks green
Vet says natural foods may not be best for pets
We have some love apple recipes to share

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