Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) has overcome the PI 88788 resistance, which farmers have relied on for over three decades. Although the Peking lineswere previously associated with a reduction in yield withinsoybean lines, researchers from Iowa State University have demonstrated that you can now find commercially available varieties with Peking resistance that outperform PI 88788 in regions with high SCN pressure. Dr. Mandy Bish from the University of Missouri Extension discusses the limited availability of Peking options in preferred maturity groups for farmers but emphasizes the importance of a corn rotationand use of resistantvarieties to help decrease SCN populations.
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.