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October is Soybean Cyst Nematode Action Month

Soybean Cyst Nematode, also known as SCN, is the leading cause of soybean yield loss in North America, and BASF Agricultural Solutions and The SCN Coalition have created SCN Action Month to help growers defend against this devastating pest.

Troy Bauer, BASF Technical Services Representative, explains SCN is present in nearly all soybean-growing geographies and continues to spread.

“There are an estimated 60 million soybean acres in the U.S. that are impacted by SCN or other nematodes, yet less than one-fourth of those acres are being protected with a seed treatment nematicide,” Bauer said. “Damage is caused when nematodes enter plant roots and establish feeding sites that steal nutrients and water from the plant, ultimately reducing yield by up to 30 percent.”

Bauer says this month is the time to learn if you have SCN in your fields and why BASF and The SCN Coalition decided to team up.

“The goal of SCN Action Month is to educate and encourage growers to take a proactive approach to SCN management. Testing their soil for nematodes is the best option to uncover the threat for yield loss. Throughout October, BASF and The SCN Coalition will provide resources to growers to arm them with the agronomic know-how needed to effectively manage SCN, beginning with a free soil test kit.”

BASF is giving away a free soil test kit to the first 500 growers to request one by Oct. 31 at the promo website here. If growers test their soil and mail it to the BASF-approved lab postmarked by November 15, BASF will also cover the costs of one soil sample lab test.

Terms and conditions apply and for more information on the free soil test kits, visit SCN ACTION MONTH.com.