Plant-parasitic nematodes are microscopic threadworms, most of which live in the soil and feed on plant roots. The Agronomic Division can assay soil samples for the presence of at least 46 different plant-parasitic nematodes. A nematode assay can
- predict a nematode problem on a specific crop for the upcoming season,
- diagnose an existing nematode problem, and/or
- suggest appropriate management strategies.
These strategies can increase crop yields, save on pesticide costs and minimize runoff of harmful chemicals into surface or ground waters.