Source: Ohio State University and Purdue University

Harvesting corn and soybeans might be the only thing on the minds of Ohio growers at the moment, but they shouldn't overlook the importance of soil testing for soybean cyst nematode.

Soil sampling in the fall is the first step to a soybean cyst nematode management program and the best way to prevent potential yield losses from the pest the following growing season, said Ohio State University Extension plant pathologist Dennis Mills.

"The best way to manage SCN is to know which fields have nematodes and how many nematodes are present," said Mills, who also has an appointment with the Ohio Agricultural and Research Development Center. "Sampling in the fall will give an estimation of the population level on which to base management decisions for planting next spring."

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