From Joaquin Navas (Exaltar, Guatemala):
We planted on May 10th and the plants have developed very well. However, the last 3-4 weeks have been very rainy and we observed a white fungus growing on some of the plants. We identified it as Sclerotinia sclerotiorum and estimated that less than 5% of the plants have been affected by the fungus. We learned that this fungus has also been found in neighboring fields of beans, so we assume that it was in the soil.
Our main concern is about handling and using the soybeans that we will be harvesting in a couple of months' time. Should we discard all the soybeans from plants affected by the fungus even if the pods look fine? Can the fungus be transmitted through the seeds, and if so, what would be the appropriate way to manage/use the beans once they are harvested? Any other comments or advice will be greatly appreciated.