All posts by Heather Marie Kelly, Extension Plant Pathologist

What’s Your Type? Understanding the soybean cyst nematode HG Type test and why resistant varieties need to be rotated

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Once you’ve sample your field, had it tested, and you have soybean cyst nematode (SCN), you’ll want to consider SCN-resistant varieties, but there are certain populations of SCN that can reproduce on certain SCN-resistant varieties so how do you know what resistant variety is best for your field – you find out the HG Type of your population – a costly test that UT is offering for free this year to TN farmers. Continue reading


Soilborne Pathogen Screening: 2017 Results and 2018 Screening

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Last week’s article discussed soilborne pathogens as ‘silent yield robbers’ of crops in production fields and the importance of screening. This article elaborates on two of the most common pathogens found in soybean fields, soybean cyst nematode (SCN) and charcoal rot, and presents the results from our 2017 soil screening. Continue reading


Reminder: Soybean Disease Field Day – Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018

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Wondering what’s been making your soybeans sickly? Come to The University of Tennessee Soybean Disease Field Day, held Tuesday, Sept. 4th, at the Milan Research and Education Center. Registration will be from 8:30-9:00 AM with the tour beginning at 9 AM and concluding with a box lunch.  Preregistration is not required. Pesticide re-certification and CCA points will be available. Field demonstrations will include soybean disease identification, UT variety trials, fungicide efficacy trials and other UT disease research trials. Hands on disease identification will cover main soybean diseases that occur in Tennessee including frogeye leaf spot, target spot, Cercospora leaf blight, southern stem canker, sudden death syndrome, and others.