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.
Dr. Nathan Schroeder, Associate Professor in the Department of Crop Sciences, studies plant parasitic nematodes such as SCN. The University of Illinois has partnered with the Illinois Soybean Association to understand a baseline population of SCN within Illinois soybean fields. Even though you may have tested for SCN in the past, populations may be increasing because SCN has learned how to adapt to the genetic source of resistance (PI 88788) that farmers have been using over the past 30 years.
Dr. Nathan Schroeder and ISA agronomists say gathering data from across the state is crucial to identify exactly where SCN is attacking and to quantify its impact on soybean crops. They anticipate this research will lead to new ways to overcome resistance in the field. Farmers can scan the QR code for more information, go to the free SCN form available on the U of I Plant Clinic website, or contact freeSCNtesting@illinois.edu to request a free SCN kit with instructions and a prepaid shipping label. Allow the U of I Plant Clinic a few weeks to analyze your soil sample for SCN so that they can provide you with an accurate summary of results.
As Outreach Agronomist for the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA), Stephanie supports research efforts and helps communicate both in-field and edge-of-field research and validation studies to Illinois 43,000 soybean farmers. She also helps lead the demonstration and adoption of conservation agriculture practices and raises awareness of best management and continuous improvement practices for conservation agriculture in Illinois.
Stephanie has 23 years of experience that consists of agronomy, conservation, horticulture, plant diagnostics, and education. She has her bachelor’s in crop science and master’s in plant pathology from the University of Illinois. Stephanie is a Certified Crop Advisor and was named the 2018 Illinois Certified Crop Adviser Master Soybean Advisor. She also has experience with corn and soybean pathology research, crop scouting, soil testing, as well as crop consulting. Previously, she utilized her diagnostic training and collaborated with University of Illinois departmental Extension Specialists to diagnose plant health problems and prepare written responses describing the diagnosis and management recommendations as the University of Illinois Plant Clinic.
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.