Soybean plant with SCN

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2022 National Soybean Cyst Nematode Conference

November 23, 2022 | Kriss Nelson

“Advancing Nematode Management for the Future” is this year’s 2022 National Soybean Cyst Nematode Conference theme.

The conference, which will be held Dec. 14-16 in Savannah, Georgia, is put on and developed in partnership with the American Phytopathological Society and The Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) Coalition.

Ed Anderson, Iowa Soybean Association’s senior director of research, will be providing introductory remarks for the conference.

“I will be reflecting on the success we have had in the past thanks to the work of the public-private partnerships that exist and encourage to set the course for aggressively pursuing opportunities in the future,” he says.

Greg Tylka is a Morrill Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Iowa State University with extension and research and director of the Iowa Soybean Research Center is a member of the 2022 National Soybean Cyst Nematode Conference planning committee and will be presenting “Challenges in Advancing Soybean Nematode Management: Opportunities to Grow.”

“The conference is designed to showcase the value and impact of research, much of which is funded by the soybean checkoff and the power of public-private partnerships,” he says.

Tylka encourages farmers and others in the agricultural industry to attend the conference.

“There will be panel discussions that include industry scientists and soybean farmers throughout the U.S.,” he says. “The conference’s overall goal is to emphasize the importance of fostering the next generation of young professionals and farmers to meet the continued challenges facing soybean production in the fight against nematodes.”

Informational sessions include:

  • The Nematode Landscape and Economic Impact
  • Genomic and Genetic Tools, Resources and Data
  • Soybean-Nematode Interactions
  • Soybean Resistance to Nematodes
  • Advances in Active Nematode Management
  • Fostering Extension Education and Outreach

“SCN requires an integrated management approach just like other challenges in soybean production,” says Anderson. “Integrating genetics, corn/soybean rotation, things we have known about for a long time, and things we are continuing to learn about such as seed treatments, microbes and biologicals.”