Wednesday, December 18, 2013

UK Soybean Cyst Nematode Analysis Services Being Suspended Indefinitely

Due to imminent personnel changes in the UK Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) Laboratory, SCN analysis services will be suspended, indefinitely, effective January 1, 2014. Services may resume at a later late, but this has yet to be determined. In the meantime, all Kentucky growers who desire to have soil tested for SCN are encouraged to use the services of the University of Missouri Plant Nematology Laboratory.  I have great respect for this lab:  I trust the results they generate, they are accustomed to receiving out-of-state soil samples, and they are very easy to work with. The cost per sample for an SCN egg count is $15.00. That lab also offers HG (race) testing services, if needed, for an additional fee.

Note:  Samples received by the UK SCN Laboratory after January 1, will be returned to sender and will not be processes; no exceptions can be made. Please pass this information on to anyone who might be impacted by this decision.

Below is the website for the University of Missouri Plant Nematology Laboratory. Please note it will be necessary to use their sample submission form, which is available via a link on the Laboratory’s website.