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RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

Thu - March 15, 2018
After a 20-year hiatus, the SCN Coalition is back encouraging soybean farmers to “Take the test. Beat the pest.” Like the predecessor, the new SCN Coalition is a public/checkoff/private partnership formed to help the agricultural industry speak with one voice about soybean cyst nematode management.  MORE
Thu - March 8, 2018
The effects of cropping system diversification — encompassing both crop rotations and organic soil amendments — on the incidence of sudden death syndrome (SDS) and soybean yield under field conditions was assessed in a 6-year study.

The diversification of the soybean-corn rotation with oat, and clover or alfalfa, in conjunction with the use of composted manure amendments, greatly suppressed SDS development and protected soybean yield. This study provides the strongest evidence to date that diversified cropping systems offer another approach for SDS management.   MORE
Mon - February 26, 2018
Newer statistical methods were used to develop a model that predicts the probability of apothecia of S. sclerotiorum being present in soybean fields during the R1-R3 flowering period. The model uses site-specific, remotely-accessible weather data, and other variables such as crop development stage and canopy closure. In the 2016 and 2017 growing seasons, we found that the model predicted the presence of apothecia with 80% accuracy.

A smart-phone application is currently being developed that utilizes this model for farmers’ use.  MORE
Thu - February 15, 2018
Common Pythium isolates recovered from soybean were pathogenic on corn and isolates recovered from corn were pathogenic on soybean — indicating that a corn-soybean rotation will not reduce the risk of Pythium damping-off disease.

Previous research has shown that Pythium species on soybean, corn and other crops can vary in their sensitivity to fungicides. However, this research is novel in that the fungicide sensitivity of two of the most prevalent Pythium species in our survey, P. sylvaticum and P. torulosum, were affected by temperature.  MORE