Why is it crucial for farmers to conduct soybean cyst nematode (SCN) testing? Establishing a baseline understanding of your SCN numbers in your fields is essential. Dr. Mandy Bish discusses their SCN testing efforts, emphasizing that if consistent SCN egg counts are observed, management is necessary. To support this, the Illinois Soybean Association has initiated a program offering free SCN sampling in collaboration with the University of Illinois Plant Clinic. For a complimentary sampling kit, complete with instructions and a prepaid shipping label, please reach out to Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, you can conveniently submit your SCN egg count samples by filling out the free SCN sample form, accessible at https://extension.illinois.edu/plant-clinic, and including it with your samples.
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.