Take the time to sample your soil for SCN before the freeze

Take the time to sample your soil for SCN before the freeze

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to sit down with two experts from Syngenta: Ross Weikel, head of soybean North America; and Bruce Battles, technical solutions development manager, corn. We hit on a lot of pressing issues in corn and soybean production around insect pressure and weed resistance and how Syngenta is addressing those issues through its products and its network of seed advisors.

But one important topic came up that I thought I should highlight for readers because of its timeliness. Weikel said that now is an ideal time for growers to get out in the field and sample their soil before the big freeze hits soon. We discussed SCN and how important it is to identify where it may be present in your soybean fields rather than playing the guessing game based on where in your fields you saw yield hits this year.

“It’s a perfect time to test. The cyst counts will be highest right now,” said Weikel. So consider taking the time to do that testing now and plan for how you will manage the disease next year. We discussed one solution from Sygenta, Clariva Complete beans, which will be launching for the 2014 growing season and will fight all types of cyst nematodes.

Here are a few resources I found to help you if you decide to take that proactive approach and do some soil sampling this fall.

Susan Jongeneel from University of Illinois provides helpful tips for fall soil sampling.

If you think you had a corn nematode problem this year, this article offers some insight and soil sampling advice.

In our October issue of Farm Industry News, we looked at the new tech available for fighting nematodes.

A look at what you should consider if you had dry weather and plan to do soil sampling.

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