Soybean cyst nematode remains a critical threat to soybean yields, with populations adapting to the predominant source of resistance. The problem is intensifying and farmers are encouraged to monitor SCN and consider diversified management strategies.
Illinois farmers can now get free testing for soybean cyst nematode (SCN), saving them potentially hundreds of dollars. This initiative, led by the Illinois Soybean Association and the University of Illinois, aims to encourage more farmers to sample their fields to assess SCN populations as this pest has developed resistance over the years.
Soybean cyst nematode poses a significant threat to soybean yields, and despite previous management successes, it has adapted to resistance. Researchers, supported by the Illinois Soybean Association, are investigating the potential of cover crops as a tool to mitigate SCN damage.
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is calling soybean farmers across the state to join the battle against Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) by providing free soil sampling to help track and research the largest yield robber in soybeans. ISA announced the check-off funded testing during October, SCN Awareness Month.
As cover crops gain popularity in crop rotations, the question arises: Do they aid or potentially host soybean cyst nematode (SCN)? Dr. Mandy Bish from the University of Missouri Extension examines strip-trial data, particularly regarding cereal rye, which shows no significant enhancement of SCN populations. However, the impact of legume cover crops on SCN remains an area of concern.
IL farmers continue to plant soybeans earlier each year. Dr. Mandy Bish, University of Missouri Extension Specialist, examines the impact of this trend on soybean cyst nematode (SCN) and considers various factors, including weather and environmental conditions, that could potentially increase soybean vulnerability to SCN.
Dr. Mandy Bish discusses the role of corn in combating soybean cyst nematode and highlights other various management strategies for SCN. She urges awareness of Sudden Death Syndrome as a potential visual indicator of SCN within the field as well as reviews data from seed treatment trials.
Soybean cyst nematode has overcome the PI 88788 resistance, which farmers have relied on for over 30 years. Researchers have identified commercially available soybean varieties with Peking resistance that excel in high SCN pressure areas.
Distribution is a major challenge in researching and managing soybean cyst nematode. This pest tends to stay close to its original location in the soil, leading to significant variations in egg counts even within a small 6-inch radius.
How should funding be allocated for soybean cyst nematode (SCN) research? Dr. Mandy Bish, University of Missouri Extension Specialist, and Stephanie Porter, Illinois Soybean Association Outreach Agronomist & CCA, explain how it takes a team to research this pest and how to pursue collaborative efforts with commodity associations, corporations, and universities.
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and government relations efforts, while the membership program, Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) and the Illinois Soybean Growers PAC actively advocates for positive and impactful legislation for farmers at local, state and national levels. ISA upholds the interests of Illinois soybean farmers through promotion, advocacy, research and education with the vision of becoming a trusted partner of Illinois soybean farmers to ensure their profitability now and for future generations.