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Sample for SCN now, or in spring?

By Staff | Nov 22, 2019

If this year’s harvest challenges prevented you from sampling for SCN (Soybean Cyst Nematode), did you know that you can still sample for SCN (Soybean Cyst Nematode) in the Spring?

We encourage everyone to sample for SCN. The laboratory costs are covered by the ND Soybean Council for growers who use the bags that have been provided to county NDSU Extension offices. The Pierce County Extension office still has a number of SCN sample bags available to producers on a first come first serve basis.

Your results will come directly to you in the mail, letting you know right away if nematode eggs are found on your farm. Additionally, 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 or before planting a soybean crop in the spring.

To learn more about SCN and the importance of sampling, visit the SCN Coalition’s website www.thescncoalition.com

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