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Fungus diseases appearing in Indiana soybean crop

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Purdue Extension is urging Indiana farmers to scout their soybean fields for signs of two fungus diseases that can cut crop yields.

Purdue Extension plant pathologist Kiersten Wise says soybean fields around the state are showing signs of developing brown stem rot and what's called sudden death syndrome.

Both diseases have similar symptoms that include yellowing or browning between the veins in soybean plants' leaves.

Wise says there's no way to manage those fungal diseases during this growing season. But he says farmers need to identify which of their fields might be affected by the diseases.

He says identifying the diseases can help producers make good management decisions the next time a particular field goes into soybeans because they can address that by planting disease-resistant soybean varieties.

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