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Soybean Disease Survey

Purpose of Soybean Disease Survey

  • Identify which soybean diseases exist in NY and understand their distribution
  • Assay soil samples from a wide geographic range for the presence of soybean cyst nematode
  • Officially document the discovery of ‘new’ diseases to NY
  • Provide this information to growers

What's Been Discovered as a Result of the Survey

Six soybean diseases 'new' to NY

  • 2012:  Charcoal Rot – Cayuga County
  • 2012:  Fusarium Wilt – Cortland, Herkimer and Madison counties
  • 2012:  Sudden Death Syndrome – Cayuga, Columbia, Schoharie, and St. Lawrence counties
  • 2013:  Brown Stem Rot – Herkimer and Yates counties
  • 2014:  Northern Stem Canker – Jefferson, Livingston, Niagara, Ontario, Seneca and Wayne counties
  • 2015:  Powdery Mildew - Cayuga County
  • 2016:  Bacterial Wilt - Yates County
  • 2017:  Sudden Death Syndrome (officially confirmed) - Wayne County

Survey Locations

2016 Disease Field Survey Locations (balloons may represent multiple fields surveyed at that location)
2015 Disease Field Survey Locations (balloons may represent multiple fields surveyed at that location)
2014 Disease Field Survey Locations
2013 Disease Field Survey Locations


Thank you to all the farmers who allowed the Cornell Cooperative Extension collaborators to monitor fields on their farms, and thank you to all the Cornell collaborators (in alphabetical order):

Gary Bergstrom, Jaime Cummings, Kevin Ganoe, Mike Hunter, Kitty O’Neil, Keith Severson, Mike Stanyard, Bill Verbeten, Xiaohong Wang, and Ken Wise

We would like to thank the NY Corn and Soybean Growers Association, Northern NY Agricultural Development Program and the Cornell University Extension Smith Lever Project for providing the funding for this project.

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