Field Tour Highlights SDS Dilemma in Midwest

Monday, September 22, 2014
ILeVO field tour in Roland, IA

By: Dave Byrum, Product Manager Bayer CropScience 


During Farm Progress 2014, Bayer hosted a Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) field tour in Roland, IA. As one of the top four yield-robbing diseases in soybeans, SDS is a fungus that can easily be spread with soil movement. Researchers expect soybean crops to experience high SDS rates this year, as the conditions – cool, wet weather – have been very similar to 2010 when growers experienced significant losses from the disease.

View images taken from the SDS field tour below:

Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome

ILeVO treated SDS

Yellowish hints in SDS seen in Iowa

Aerial shot of SDS field tour

In 2013, Bayer CropScience submitted an application to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the registration of ILeVO® seed treatment on soybeans. When approved, it will be the first product of its kind to provide breakthrough protection for soybean seedlings from the fungus that causes SDS. Bayer CropScience anticipates EPA approval by the end of 2014, which would make ILeVO available for the 2015 growing season.


Dave Byrum, Product Manager Bayer CropScience
Dave Byrum, Product Manager Bayer CropScience 






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