A plant pathologist is mapping the spread of southern root-knot (SRK) nematode to increase awareness of the pest.
Travis Faske is with the University of Arkansas. “If soybean cyst is an embezzler, you can’t quite see the symptoms then root-knot nematode, or the southern root-knot nematode is dramatic,” he says. “If a susceptible soybean plant is in that field, there’s a high population density of root-knot, and we have the right conditions, the plants will die.”
He tells Brownfield there are limited options available to control the pest, resulting in late detection.