Soybeans were scouted at the V6-7 growth stage and browning and wilting of plants along with stunted growth was observed in widespread areas across the field.
This issue was confirmed by the NC State Plant, Disease and Insect clinic to be largely attributed to abiotic stress. Injury from drought stress and soil compaction were evident upon digging the plants up and observing the roots. Symptoms of soil compaction can include restricted root growth and stunted plants. While symptoms of drought stress can include wilting. In this environment these symptoms are occurring simultaneously.