Trade disputes, delayed harvest and volatile commodity prices at the close of 2018 gave ample reason to wipe the slate clean and look forward to a new season. 

However, recent reports from Iowa seed suppliers indicate seed quality may be at risk from unusually high levels of Phomopsis seed decay. Combined with predictions of continued wet and cooler than normal conditions,  2019 may be just as challenging for soybean production.

Disease risks, emergence

While many growers may be considering switching soybean acres over to corn, for those who choose to plant soybeans, they can expect threats from seed quality issues, poor emergence and seedling diseases. In...