Soybean sudden death syndrome and Palmer amaranth field day

Hot topics for this August 24 event in Decatur, Mich., will be variety selection and soybean SDS, and a new glyphosate resistant weed.

MSU Extension and the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee (MSPC) are sponsoring a field day on August 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to help producers learn about a developing threat to Michigan soybean production, sudden death syndrome (SDS). The field day site features a full MSU soybean variety trial that emphasizes the importance of understanding varietal partial resistance to SDS in heavily infected fields.

In addition to the variety trial, MSU specialists will also be talking about breeding program efforts to select traits to improve variety tolerance to SDS, initial observations of seed treatment efficacy in reducing impacts of SDS, variety selection and seed treatment options for managing soybean cyst nematodes, soybean aphid management, and provide a research update on the new glyphosate resistant weed found in southwest Michigan, Palmer amaranth. We will also cover two corn challenges we have seen this season, western bean cutworm and gray leaf spot.

RUP and CCA credits will be available at this meeting. The MSPC is sponsoring a steak lunch provided by Scott’s Pig Roast and More from Marcellus, Mich. The best news of all is the program and meal are free to producers.

To register for the meeting and meal, you can either call the Van Buren County MSU Extension office at 269-657-8213 or e-mail by 5:00 pm on Friday, August 19. Meeting location: Carl and Amy Druscovich farm, located approximately three miles northwest of the village of Decatur at 50335 County Road (CR) 352, Decatur, Mich.

Sudden Death Syndrome
Think variety selection is not important if you get SDS on your farm? As you can see from
the differences in plant height, health and yield potential in the picture above, selecting the
right variety can make a huge difference to a farmer’s bottom line. Participants will learn
about this world class research project being conducted by MSU in southwest Michigan.
Photo taken on August 11, 2011.

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