Dr. Mandy Bish, University of Missouri Extension Specialist, discusses the role of corn in combating soybean cyst nematode (SCN). Corn rotation consistently reduces SCN populations, with the greatest reduction observed after the first year of corn, but the effect diminishes with consecutive corn crops. Dr. Bish also highlights other various management strategies for SCN including being aware of Sudden Death Syndrome as a potential visual indicator of SCN within the field as well as a review of data from seed treatment trials.  

 For further insights on SCN, explore the ILSoyAdvisor’s Online Library and type “SCN” into the search bar. 

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About the Author: Kelsey Litchfield

Kelsey Litchfield is the Agronomic Outreach Specialist for the Illinois Soybean Association. In her role, she manages ILSoyAdvisor media platforms and assists the agronomy team with events and field days. A native of Rio, IL, Kelsey earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2017 where she double majored in Agricultural Communications and Broadcast Journalism.

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