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

Soybean survey results by county

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

Soybean Disease Survey Progress

Year # of Soybean samples submitted for diagnosis # of different diseases diagnosed # of NEW diseases diagnosed Predominant disease(s)
2012 57 14 4 sudden death syndrome, SVNV
2013 56 14 1 white mold, bacterial pustule
2014 109 13 1 Northern stem canker, white mold, Phytophthora root rot
2015 53 10 1 Northern stem canker, frogeye leaf spot
2016 18 11 1 Charcoal rot, Fusarium root rot
2017 15 14 1 White mold, pod and stem blight, bacterial blight
2018 33 13 0 Downy mildew, sudden death syndrome, Fusarium wilt, white mold


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 AssociationNorthern NY Agricultural Development Program and the Cornell University Extension Smith Lever Project for providing the funding for this project.