As of May 2019, Google Scholar search engines returned over 20,000 research articles published, having Heterodera glycines, and the soybean cyst nematode as keywords. This nematode keeps gaining attention among growers, and thousands of researchers studying the pathogen to lower the yield loss incurred by the nematode.
Incurring over $1.5 billion annual yield loss in the United States, soybean cyst nematode is still the number one most important soybean pathogen everywhere soybean is grown. While this yield loss may be unknown to many growers, nematologists and soybean pathologists are fully aware of the havoc. In the research literature, many different phrases are used to echo and reecho the importance of the pathogen.
Some of these phrases include,
“SCN is the by-far most damaging and costly soybean pathogen”;
“It is one of the most important plant pests”;
“It is the most important pathogen of soybean in the United States”;
“SCN causes greater yield loss on soybean in the United States than any other disease”;
“One of the most economically important pests of soybean”.
Soybean cyst nematode is damaging to soybean and is causing yield loss, and that’s why we are here, to provide you – growers with information to tackle it.