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After four years of intensely surveying field soils in 17 counties from western through northern NY counties, the nematode was identified for the first time in Cayuga County in 2016. 

We should continue to be vigilant in our continued search for the likely more widespread distribution of this potentially devastating pest throughout NY.  Systematic research survey efforts will continue to identify the full distribution of SCN in NY. 

Soil sampling for SCN analysis is recommended for growers who suspect an infestation, and this service is available through the Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic at Cornell University and other state and commercial laboratories. 

SCN Management Recommendations

Because the nematodes are very persistent in the soil, and have a complicated race structure, an integrated management approach is recommended.  Management practices include:

  • Crop rotation
  • Planting race-specific resistant varieties
  • Nematicidal seed treatments
  • Cultural practices that reduce plant stress and optimize plant health and yield

Cornell University Experts

Gary Bergstrom | Plant Pathologist

Cornell University


Xiaohong Wang | Nematologist

Cornell University


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