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Timing Matters: Best Practices for Soybean Cyst Nematode Management

November 9, 2022
clean rows of soybeans

As you wrap up harvest and start planning for next season, don’t forget the importance of sampling your soils for Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) this fall.

SCN – The Hidden Cost

  • SCN is the most destructive threat to soybean production in the United States, leading to average yearly yield loss of more than $1 billion.
  • Even if you rotate crops, the capacity of SCN to survive in the soil for long periods and their high reproduction rate make SCN a serious threat year after year.
  • Despite the yield loss SCN can cause, many growers don’t realize SCN is in their fields because it doesn’t cause clear, visible foliar symptoms.

Best Time to Evaluate

  • Fall is an ideal time to test for SCN. Specifically, after harvest – but before the first frost – is the most effective time to sample for SCN because the population density will be at its peak.
  • For growers who had low yields last season, researchers with the Iowa State University Extension encourage soil sampling during the fall to determine if a high SCN population was responsible and if you need to develop a management plan for SCN next season.

If SCN is present in your fields, we recommend Saltro® fungicide seed treatment. Saltro delivers superior Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) protection and robust nematode activity – without added stress to young soybeans.

Protect your field against the hidden threat of SCN with Saltro to help your soybeans achieve maximum yield potential. Interested in learning more about Saltro? Explore the Performance Map to view localized trial data, testimonials and social media conversations.

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