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Soybean Cyst Nematode: Why Is It Important?

County Agent News
Dan Folske
October 2, 2017 

Soybean Cyst Nematode: Why Is It Important?

            Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is a microscopic and parasitic worm (scientific name is Heterodera glycines). It is the most destructive pathogen of soybeans in North America and yield loss estimates from SCN have been measured between $100s of millions to over $1 billion annually. Additionally, SCN can make other diseases worse, particularly Brown Stem Rot and Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS has not been confirmed in ND but is prevalent in MN and SD).    

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