I think it is high time that I write to inform you about my Ph.D. research at Iowa State University where I studied the impact of cover crops on the soybean cyst nematode (SCN). 

When I started my Ph.D. at Iowa State in 2015, the topic of cover crops and SCN was *fire emoji* hot! And when offered the opportunity to make this research question my topic of interest, I hopped on it. I’ll share here not only my research findings but also a bit about what other past research has found on the subject. 

To many, science can seem like magic. Abracadabra and *whoosh* something appears seemingly out of thin air. However mystical and misunderstood science can be, it is not magic. It is science. As such, things cannot be manifested out of nothing.

“But Chelsea, why on earth are you talking about science and magic?”

Simply put, I want to spin you a cautionary tale that may be more familiar than you realize. The tale is that of fungicides and disease management in soybean.