Poor Soybean Seed Quality, Preparing for 2019 Season

Damon Smith, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Shawn Conley, Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Agronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Summary: Soybean farmers need to be prepared for some potential seed quality issues. The 2018 crop was plagued by several problems, but one of the most substantial was a large amount of white, chalky, or black, and damaged seed. This damaged seed is impacting germination rates of soybean seed slated for the 2019 crop.

  • What caused this issue?
  • How Do I manage this Problem at Planting in 2019?
  • If I’m a Seed Producer, What Should I Do to Prevent this Problem Next Year?