The last few years we have been plagued by soybean seed quality problems exemplified by hilum bleeding or mottled seed. Much of it has been attributed to bean pod mottle virus primarily transmitted by the bean leaf beetle. This year populations of the bean leaf beetle have been lower, and the incidence of mottled seed throughout the state might be expected to be lower.
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