Phytophthora root and stem rot is a common disease in soybeans. It is caused by a fungal pathogen, Phytophthora sojae (P. sojae), which is prevalent in poorly drained soils with high clay content, Ohio and eastern Indiana are known for such soils.
Winter annual weeds have been getting a little more attention in recent years. Many producers simply ignore them, because they are not an issue during the growing season. In addition to weed competition issues, winter weeds may be adding to other pest problems.