It is a busy time of year as harvest begins across the state, but this is the perfect time to collect soil samples for soybean cyst nematode while waiting in the field in a grain cart or truck as the combine fills.
Soybean cyst nematode wasn't detected in any new counties in 2020, but it caused substantial damage and yield losses, particularly in eastern Nebraska. Find out which counties were the hardest hit in this year's 'Tode Awards.
Time spent waiting in a grain cart or truck on the edges of fields while the combine fills may feel like wasted time and lead to frustration. Why not make the most of that time by using it to collect soil samples for soybean cyst nematode (and other) analyses?
Plants under stress due to environmental factors, such as extreme temperature and moisture are more susceptible to disease, and many were under stress due to the unique environmental conditions in 2019.
Have you noticed field areas where soybean yield wasn't what you expected? The culprit might just be soybean cyst nematodes, the most yield-limiting pest in soybeans. Find out if your fields are affected with a free test from the Nebraska Soybean Board.
Growers managing SCN may need to make some changes in the future to continue achieving control at the same level they expect now. As with other pest management strategies, an integrated, multi-method approach may offer the most benefits.
July through August is a good time to check soybean fields for soybean cyst nematodes (SCN), the most devastating pest for soybean growers. Yield losses of 25-30% have been documented in fields with no visible injury on the soybean plants.