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Soybean rust educational program

By John Fulton          Send a link to a friend

[JUNE 18, 2004]  Soybean rust has received much attention recently as a new potential threat to soybean production in the United States. Much information is available to help understand this disease, its potential for damage in different states and how it is best managed if or when it arrives in the United States. Informed management decisions are a key to creating a production environment for maximum profitability of soybeans.

Knowing proper scouting techniques and protocol to follow is extremely important if soybean rust is suspected or reported. Misinformation about this disease or its occurrence could lead to many acres of soybeans being treated unnecessarily with fungicides. Unnecessary pesticide applications decrease profitability, increase the environmental load of pesticides and increase consumer concerns.

In order to give the same quality information to everyone, a teleconference has been scheduled for June 29 at various locations around the Midwest. Logan County will be one of the host sites. The program will begin at 9 a.m. and will continue to around noon.

Cost to participate will be $10 per person, which will include handout materials. Preregistration is needed for handout preparation, but payment may be made at the time of the program. Call the office at 732-8289 or e-mail to fultonj@uiuc.edu to preregister.


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The information to be presented in this program is directed to individuals in the North Central region who may respond to soybean rust in the field or other situations, if or when the disease occurs in the continental United States. Individuals who would benefit from this program include soybean producers, crop consultants, agribusiness personnel and media representatives, and Extension personnel at a county and regional level.

The workshop will be taught in a distance-learning environment using a teleconference system and other educational materials. Extension plant pathologists, USDA/ARS and APHIS representatives with expertise in soybean rust will present the educational program.

Topics to be covered will include "Biology, Epidemology and Risk"; "Management Options including Tolerance, Resistance and Fungicides"; "Section 18 Issues"; "Scouting and Identification"; "Regulatory Issues and Sample Processing"; "Crop Insurance Issues"; and, after the official noon conclusion, state-specific response information.

[John Fulton,
Logan County Extension office]

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