Database Research Summaries
2018 Soybean Production Systems to Control Charcoal Rot and Other Soil-Borne Diseases

calendar_today Year of Research: 2018
update Posted On: 12/04/2019
group Gretchen Sassenrath (Principal Investigator, Kansas State University), Xiaomao Lin (Co-Investigator, Kansas State University), Christopher Little (Co-Investigator, Kansas State University), Kraig Roozeboom (Co-Investigator, Kansas State University)
bookmark Kansas Soybean Commission

Research Focus

The focus of this project is to develop standard protocols for farmers to incorporate cover crops into current production practices.


  • Best management practices for implementing mustard seed cover crop.
  • Management practices for implementing mustard cover crop in double-cropped soybean production.


  1. This research indicates the potential for use of the mustard as a cover crop to control
    soil-borne disease in soybean. The mustard cover crop can significantly reduce the
    disease pressure. Greater improvements in disease pressure are observed for management
    practices that maintain the cover crop residue.
  2. More research is needed to further delineate changes in soil health parameters with mustard cover crops and management practices.


The research outlined here will give farmers in important knowledge of alternative management practices for control of soybean diseases that reduce potential environmental contamination and improve net return.

For more information about this research project, please visit the National Soybean Checkoff Research Database.

Funded in part by the soybean checkoff.