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Soybean Cyst Nematode Sampling Program will Begin at the End of the Month (08/16/18)

The North Dakota Soybean Council and NDSU Extension Service are operating the SCN soil testing program again this season.

Soybean Cyst Nematode Sampling Program will Begin at the End of the Month.

The North Dakota Soybean Council and NDSU Extension Service are operating the SCN soil testing program again this season. The program began in 2013, and since its creation, over 3,000 soil samples have been tested for SCN.

In the next week, pre-labeled SCN soil testing bags will be sent to each ND Extension county office in the state. Each grower can pick up as many as three bags, fill the sample bag with soil, provide site information, send the bag to the partner lab (Agvise) and results are mailed to you. The North Dakota Soybean Council will cover SCN laboratory fees on these pre-labeled bags only. This year, 2,000 SCN soil test bags will be available on a first come first serve basis.

In addition, NDSU will use egg levels and geospatial positions of samples to create a map of SCN in North Dakota. This map helps growers know where SCN is occurring and moving. Importantly, NDSU does not have access to any personal information – just the egg level and geospatial data to generate a map.

SCN can cause high levels of yield loss in soybeans, even before above ground symptoms are present. Effective management tools are available and soil sampling to detect SCN is the first step in management. We encourage everyone to make time to sample at the end of the season.

Detailed information about the program, sampling strategy, current distribution maps information about the danger that SCN poses to yield will be provided in the next issue of the NDSU Crop and Pest Report (August 30th).

 

Sam Markell

Extension Plant Pathologist, Broad-leaf Crops

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