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Thu - July 12, 2018
A three-year regional study was conducted to determine how a shifting SCN population affects nematode reproduction, sudden death syndrome, and soybean yield. Included in the study was an evaluation of fluopyram (ILeVO), a seed treatment fungicide registered for management of sudden death syndrome.

Soybean cultivars with no SCN resistance had more severe SDS symptoms, higher post-harvest SCN egg counts, and lower yield than cultivars with Peking or PI 88788-type of SCN resistance. Cultivars with Peking-type resistance had lower post-harvest SCN egg counts than those with PI 888788-type or cultivars with no SCN resistance. We found that fluopyram seed treatment reduced SDS, but had no effect on SCN.

The study documents a shift in SCN population over a large geographic area, which may impact SDS severity and yield of soybean cultivars with PI 88788-type resistance.   MORE
Fri - July 6, 2018
Carefully observing soybean roots for SCN females is a good way to check fields for infestations that have not yet been discovered.

It also is an effective way to assess how well SCN-resistant soybean varieties are controlling nematode reproduction in fields known to be infested with SCN. There should be only a few, not more than 10 to 20, SCN females on the roots of a resistant variety if the variety is effectively controlling the nematode.  MORE
Fri - June 1, 2018
Increased susceptibility to Pythium damping-off resulting in reduced soybean emergence was found in inoculated plants when a period of cold stress began 2 or 4 days after planting. When Pythium was not present, no effect of cold stress on emergence was observed.

Slower seedling growth was observed during the cold stress period, and in inoculated plants after exposure to cold stress.  MORE
Tue - May 22, 2018
"Sporecaster" is a new smartphone application designed to help farmers predict the need for a fungicide application to control white mold in soybean.

Farmers can easily input site-specific information about their soybean field into the app, which combines field information with the research-based models to predict the best timing for white mold treatment in that field.  MORE