Soybean yield loss estimates due to diseases in the United States and Ontario, Canada, from 2010 to 2014

Tom W. Allen, Carl A. Bradley, Adam J. Sisson, Emmanuel Byamukama, Martin I. Chilvers, Cliff M. Coker, Alyssa A. Collins, John P. Damicone, Anne E. Dorrance, Nicholas S. Dufault, Paul D. Esker, Travis R. Faske, Loren J. Giesler, Arvydas P. Grybauskas, Donald E. Hershman, Clayton A. Hollier, Tom Isakeit, Douglas J. Jardine, Heather M. Kelly, Robert C. KemeraitNathan M. Kleczewski, Steve R. Koenning, James E. Kurle, Dean K. Malvick, Samuel G. Markell, Hillary L. Mehl, Daren S. Mueller, John D. Mueller, Robert P. Mulrooney, Berlin D. Nelson, Melvin A. Newman, Larry Osborne, Charles Overstreet, Guy B. Padgett, Patrick M. Phipps, Paul P. Price, Edward J. Sikora, Damon L. Smith, Terry N. Spurlock, Connie A. Tande, Albert U. Tenuta, Kiersten A.Wise, J. Allen Wrather

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Annual decreases in soybean (Glycine max L. Merrill) yield caused by diseases were estimated by surveying university-affiliated plant pathologists in 28 soybean-producing states in theUnitedStates and in Ontario, Canada, from 2010 through 2014. Estimated yield losses from each disease varied greatly by state or province and year. Over the duration of this survey, soybean cyst nematode (SCN) (Heterodera glycines Ichinohe) was estimated to have caused more than twice as much yield loss than any other disease. Seedling diseases (caused by various pathogens), charcoal rot (caused by Macrophomina phaseolina (Tassi) Goid), and sudden death syndrome (SDS) (caused by Fusarium virguliforme O'Donnell & T. Aoki) caused the next greatest estimated yield losses, in descending order. The estimated mean economic loss due to all soybean diseases, averaged across U.S. states and Ontario from 2010 to 2014, was $60.66 USD per acre. Results from this survey will provide scientists, breeders, governments, and educators with soybean yield-loss estimates to help inform and prioritize research, policy, and educational efforts in soybean pathology and disease management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-27
Number of pages9
JournalPlant Health Progress
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Plant Science
  • Horticulture


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