Program Highlights

  • 2 Invited Plenary Talks
  • 5​ Invited Keynote Speakers
  • 16 Speakers (8 Invited, 8​ Selected from abstracts)
  • 5 Informational Sessions Aligning with the Goals of National Soybean Nematode Strategic Plan 2018-2022
  • Poster Session​
  • Training Workshops
  • Panel Discussion (Invited Industry, Crop Consultants, and Soybean Growers)
  • Media Booth - Hosted by MorganMeyers
  • Exhibitor Booths
  • Young Professionals Travel Awards (Undergraduates, Graduate Students, Post-Docs)

​Wednesday, December 14, 2022

12:00pm - 06:00pm
Exploring Savannah
03:00pm - 08:00pmRegistration and Poster Setup, Foyer and Madison Ballroom, DeSoto Hotel
05:00pm - 06:00pm
Navigating the SCN Genome: An SCNBase Workshop, Madison Ballroom, DeSoto Hotel
06:30pm - 09:00pm'Toasts of Savannah' Networking Reception (Included), Harborview Room, DeSoto Hotel

Thursday, December 15, 2022

07:00am - 08:00am
08:00am - 08:15am Welcome by Melissa Mitchum, Organizing Committee Chair, University of Georgia (Oglethorpe Ballroom)

Introductory Remarks (Virtual Speaker) by Edwin Anderson, Executive Director, North Central Soybean Research Program & Sr. Director of Research, Iowa Soybean Association
08:15am - 08:45am Plenary I: Digital Agriculture to Design Sustainable and Resilient Agricultural​ Systems by Bruno Basso, Michigan State University
​08:45am - 10:00am

Session I: The Nematode Landscape & Economic Impact​
8:45 a.m. The SCN Coalition: Advancing Nematode Management with a Public-Private Partnerships by Sam Mark​​ell, North Dakota State University
9:15 a.m ​The Economics of SCN Resistance and Virulence: Where We Have Been and Where We are Headed (Virtual Speaker) by Mike McCarville, BASF
9:30 a.m. Impact and Management Challenges of the Southern Root-Knot Nematode by Travis Faske, University of Arkansas
9:45 a.m. Prevalence and Impact of Root Lesion Nematodes in Soybean by Ann MacGuidwin, University of Wisconsin-Madison
10:00am - 10:15amBreak, Madison Ballroom, DeSoto Hotel
10:15am - 11:30am Session II: Applications of Nematode Genomics and Genetics
10:15 a.m. ​SCN Genomics, Applications and Future Perspectives by Benjamin Mimee, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada​
10:45 a.m. Recent Advancements in Molecular Detection and Quantification of Soybean Cyst and Root-lesion Nematodes by Guiping Yan, North Dakota State University
11:00 a.m. DNA-based Pathogen Detection in Commercial Row Crops: An Introduction to Pattern Ag's Approach to Risk Prediction by Joshua Kling, Pattern Ag
11:15 a.m. Genome Scan for Selection Signatures Reveals Candidate Soybean Cyst Nematode Virulence Genes by Kheeman Kwon, Ph.D. Student, University of Georgia
11:30am - 12:00pm AG Media Led Panel Discussion: The Future of Molecular-Based Nematode Diagnostics for Prescriptive Management
Moderator: Willie Vogt, Farm Progress
Panelists:  Mike Tweedy, Vice-President of Sales, Pattern Ag
                  Nathan Kleczewski, Plant Disease and Entomology Specialist & Technical Agronomist, GROWMARK
                  Max Wenck, Wisconsin Farmer and Director of Agriculture, MorganMyers
​12:00pm - 01:30pm
​Lunch & Poster Session/Exhibits, Madison Ballroom, DeSoto Hotel (Included)​​
01:30pm - 02:45pm
Session III: On the Horizon: New Approaches for Nematode Resistance
1:30 p.m. A Transgenic Approach for the Enhancement of Nematode Resistance in Soybeans by Julia Daum, BASF
2:00 p.m. A New Epigenetic-Based Approach for the Discovery of Major SCN Resistance Genes (Virtual Speaker) by Tarek Hewezi, University of Tennessee
2:15 p.m. Dissecting the Role of a Plant Elicitor Peptide from Soybean Modulating the Plant Response to Pathogenic Nematodes by Payal Sanadhya, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Arkansas
2:30 p.m. Discovery of Novel Effector Gene Candidates for Engineering Root-Knot Nematode Resistance in Soybean by Raquel Rocha, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Georgia
02:45pm - 03:00pmBreak, Madison Ballroom, DeSoto Hotel
03:00pm - 04:30pm Session IV: Advances in Soybean Resistance to Nematodes
3:00 p.m. Progress in Controlling Soybean Cyst Nematode through Genetic Resistance by Brian Diers, University of Illinois
3:30 p.m. Underground Battle: Breeding for Multiple Nematode Resistance in Soybean by Zenglu Li, University of Georgia
3:45 p.m. Fine Mapping of a Major Novel Quantitative Trait Locus on Chromosome 2 in PI 90763 that Contributes to SCN Resistance by Mariola Usovsky, University of Missouri
4:00 p.m. Dissection and Manipulation of Soybean rhg1 SCN Resistance by Andrew Bent, University of Wisconsin-Madison
4:15 p.m. Strategic Rotations of Resistance Genes to Combat Soybean Cyst Nematode Virulence by Monica Pennewitt, Ph.D. Student, Iowa State University
​04:30pm - 05:00pm
AG Media Led Panel Discussion: The Future of the Diversity, Certification, Labeling, and Deployment of Genetic Resistance
Moderator: Pam Smith, DTN/Progressive Farmer
Panelists:  Don Kyle, Breeding Lead, Eastern U.S. Soybean Market, Corteva
                  Geeta Menon, Head of Global Soybean Breeding, BASF
                  John Freeman, Farmer and Chair, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board
                  Chandra Langseth, North Dakota Farmer
05:00pm - 06:00pmHappy Hour - Posters and Exhibits - Authors Present, Madison Ballroom, DeSoto Hotel
07:00pm - 10:00pm'Tastes of Savannah' Networking Dinner, SoHo South, 12 W Liberty St

Friday, December 16, 2022

07:00am - 08:00am​
08:00am - 09:45am
Session V: Advances in Nematode Management
8:00 a.m. Challenges in Advancing Soybean Nematode Management: Opportunities to Grow by Greg Tylka, Iowa State University
8:30 a.m. Nematode Parasitic Fungi for Biological Control of Soybean Cyst Nematode by Kathryn Bushley, USDA-ARS, Ithaca, NY
8:45 a.m. A Multidisciplinary Approach to Manage t​he Simultaneous Threat of Soybean Cyst Nematode and Other Pathogens in the Field by Horacio Lopez-Nicora, Ohio State University
9:00 a.m. Advancing Soybean Nematode, Sudden Death Syndrome, and Other Early Season Disease Protection through Employing the Latest Seed-Applied Technology by Dale Ireland, ​ Syngenta
9:15 a.m. Industry Highlights​
09:45am - 10:15amBreak & Poster/Exhibit Take Down, Madison Ballroom, DeSoto Hotel
10:15am - 11:15am AG Media-​Led Panel Discussion - Envisioning the Next 10 Years of Soybean Nematode Management: Challenges & Opportunities
Moderator: Julianne Johnston, Senior Counselor, MorganMyers
Panelists:  Mac Marshall, Vice President, Market Intelligence, United Soybean Board
                  Will Holme​s, Global Seedcare Product Manager, Syngenta
                  Mike Langseth, Farmer and Past Secretary, North Dakota Soybean Council
                  Alan Moore, Farmer and Past Member, Michigan S​oybean Promotion Committee
11:15am​ - 11:30amQ&A with Audience
11:30am - 12:00pm Plenary II: Digital Tools for Prescriptive Agriculture by Tom Eickhoff, Chief Science Officer, Climate LLC and Digital Farming at Bayer Crop Science
12:00pmClosing Remarks and Adjourn