Soybean cyst nematode (SCN), originally identified in North Carolina back in the 1950s, has now spread to the majority of soybean growing regions as of 2023.
Why should farmers be vigilant about this pest? While we’ve relied on the genetic approach of PI 88788 resistance for over 30 years to combat SCN, resistance is emerging, and though we haven’t reached a full-blown crisis, we’re heading in that direction.
Dr. Mandy Bish of University of Missouri Extension urges farmers to take a proactive stance in managing SCN as there are limited tools available for control.
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.