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.
Kelsey Litchfield is the Agronomic Outreach Coordinator 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.
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.