Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. is set to release a new soybean variety that will provide Southern growers with protection against multiple races of soybean cyst nematodes (SCN) without sacrificing yields. Annual yield losses in soybeans due to SCN have been estimated at about $1.5 billion in the U.S. alone.

The Pioneer brand soybean variety 95M60 will be in production this summer and available for purchase in the fall.

“Resistance to SCN races 1, 2, 3, 5 and 14 has been confirmed with 95M60. A change in the nematode spectrum in Southern fields created a need for this type of multirace resistance,” says Tim Foley, Pioneer's research director for the southern U.S. “In addition to multi-race SCN resistance, 95M60 has a couple of other traits that are beneficial and unique. It has good root-knot nematode resistance and very strong soybean aphid antibiosis.”