No. 13 Article 5/June 18, 2004

Soybean Rust: Issues and Facts--A Teleconference on June 29, 2004

In an effort to get out solid information on soybean rust to many who are interested, a workshop will be presented via teleconference on Tuesday, June 29, 2004, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Information will be delivered on what is currently known about soybean rust to help producers and agricultural professionals understand its risks, biology, and management. The program will be offered at numerous locations in Illinois as well as in other states in the north-central region. Contact your local UIUC Extension office for more information and for the locations that this teleconference will be presented.

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 the disease and its potential for damage in different states, as well as how it is best managed if or when it arrives in the United States. Informed management decisions are key to maximum profitability of soybean. If soybean rust is suspected or reported, knowing proper scouting techniques and the protocol to follow is extremely important. Misinformation or incorrect diagnosis about this disease or its occurrence could lead to unnecessary treatment of many acres of soybean with fungicides.

The goal of the teleconference workshop is to increase awareness of soybean rust issues by addressing three objectives: (1)present factual information to dispel myths concerning the biology, occurrence, and spread of soybean rust; (2) outline steps to be taken to respond to soybean rust if or when it is detected in the continental United States; and (3) provide updates on approaches and prospects for management of soybean rust.

The information to be presented in this program is directed to individuals in the north-central region who may at some point be required to respond to soybean rust in the field. Individuals who would benefit include soybean producers, crop consultants, agribusi-ness personnel and media representatives, and extension personnel at all levels.

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


9:00 a.m.

Introduction and Overview--presenter to be determined

9:05 a.m.

Dispelling the Myths: Biology, Epidemiology, and Risk--X. B. Yang, Chair NC-504

9:35 a.m.

Management Options: Tolerance, Resistance, and Fungicides--Monte Miles, ARS

10:05 a.m.

Section 18 Issues--Kent Smith, ARS

10:25 a.m.


10:45 a.m. Scouting and Identification--Glen Hartman, ARS

11:15 a.m.

Regulatory Issues and Sample Processing--Matt Royer, APHIS

11:40 a.m.

What About Crop Insurance?--Dave Bell, USDA Risk Management Agency

12:00 p.m.

State-specific response process information shared by local personnel

Contact your local extension office and mark your calendar so you don't miss this excellent program.--Dean Malvick

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