Soybean plants showing symptoms of damping off due to rhizoctonia root rot disease. Rhizoctonia solani can cause seed rot, root rot, and reddish-brown lesions on hypocotyls at the soil line.
Seed Treatments - Offer some measure of protection and increase emergence.
Crop Rotation - Limited in its effectiveness as many strains of Rhizoctonia can infect corn, alfalfa, dry bean, and cereals.
Field Drainage and Soil Structure - Improve field drainage and remediate compaction and hardpan layers if possible.
Planting - Avoid planting under cool wet conditions.
Red discoloration at soil line due to Rhizoctonia solani.
Close up of red discoloration due to Rhizoctonia solani.