Source: Ohio State University
The fifth edition of the Soybean Cyst Nematode Management Guide is now available to help manage SCN. The publication is produced by the North Central Soybean Research Program and the Plant Health Initiative. The 16-page color publication covers the importance of SCN, what the pest is, how it affects soybeans, how it interacts with other diseases, what damage looks like, how to send in soil samples, a description of SCN biotypes and recommendations for managing SCN.
Deemed the "silent robber of yields," SCN is the No. 2 soybean pest in Ohio, behind Phytophthora sojae, which causes Phytophthora root rot. Soybean cyst nematodes feed on the roots of young plants, which prevents the roots from taking up vital nutrients. The result is a drop in yields and subsequent economic losses.