Cyst Nematode Concerns
February 07, 2018
Idaho dry bean producers are voicing concerns about soybean cyst nematode. In a Times-News article, former Idaho Bean Commission member Bill Bitzenburg stated, “I’m afraid that if we have soybean cyst nematode, we won’t be able to export bean seed. It could kill the bean seed industry in Idaho.”
Soybeans are included in the state’s bean quarantine law. However, some cover crop mixes purchased from out-of-state dealers have included soybeans, and a couple hundred acres of feed soybeans were grown in the Magic Valley last year.
Therefore, Idaho's dry bean industry is seeking broader clarification from the State Legislature. Both the Senate and House Agriculture Committees heard testimony on January 30 about the dangers of soybean cyst nematode. Legislation is expected to be introduced early this month.