Senyu Chen, Professor
Southern Research and Outreach Center
Soybean cyst nematode (SCN, Heterodera glycines) is the most prevalent pest affecting soybean yield in the United States, especially in the Midwest. Pennycress and camelina are being evaluated as cover crops in the corn-soybean production systems to provide a source of biofuel and environmental advantage of having a cover crop on the landscape. Pennycress is a host and camelina is a poor host of SCN.
Goals and Objectives: The goal of this project is to investigate the impact of pennycress and camellia on SCN populations in the corn and soybean rotation, and the effect of SCN populations on soybean, pennycress, and camelina production.
Approach and Methodology: The experiments will be conducted in both field and greenhouse settings. Specifically, the objectives of the proposed project will be:
Anticipated Outcomes: This project will generate information that will be critical for effective management of the SCN in soybean and cover crops in the corn-soybean production systems. The information will be used for various extension and outreach education programs. The outcome of the research will minimize damage of the SCN to the crops and maximize the productivity of the crops.