STEM NEMATODE PROTECTION

ABOUT STEM NEMATODE

Parasitic or stem nematodes are microscopic roundworms which can cause reduced yield and stand life to alfalfa fields. Commonly plaguing the Pacific Northwest and Western United States regions, these pests can drastically reduce top yields, especially after cutting. Several species of stem nematodes have been identified as being parasitic to alfalfa and it is not unusual for several different species of nematodes to be present in a single alfalfa field. Symptoms of nematode damage are varied and are often confused with other problems. In addition to direct feeding injury, nematodes cause wounds on roots and stems that allow other diseases such as Fusarium or bacterial wilt to invade the plant.

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TECHNOLOGY TO DEFEND AGAINST STEM NEMATODES

Forage Genetics International operates a premier alfalfa development program for the selection of stem nematode resistant varieties. Consider 6516R and 6829R varieties for unmatched stem nematode protection.