All area’s have had too much rain. This type of weather brings on plant disease and a tropical storm could bring soybean rust to your fields. My advice is to spray with a good fungicide. One spray per season is usally enough. A good fungicide has proven to give a yield increase of 6-8 bu/acre over non-treated soybeans in university test. A good funcicide applied at the R2-R3 stage did a very good job last year (R-3 = Pods at least 3/16 inch on the fourth node from top of plant ). This usually occurs about 7 to 10 days after full bloom, soybeans planted in mid MAY are now in R3. You lose some effectiveness if you apply too early. To control velvetbean caterpillar and make loopers and stink bugs less of a pest add Dimlin. This year appears to be a very bad stink bug year. Look close at your fields – cotton, peanut, and soybean – especially if they are close to a harvested corn field because there has been several generations in your corn already. If you have stink bugs think about putting in some pesticide. Watch for Kudzu bugs I have found them in every field. For Information go to: http://www.kudzubug.org/grower.html
Dimlin + 1.2 lbs of solubor per acre
Acephate (Orthene), Karate , Brigade , etc.
**Pesticide information obtained from Georgia Pest Control Handbook at http://www.ent.uga.edu/pmh/.
*** As always follow label and dispose of empties properly.