Tales From The South: Rust Gone Wild

I don’t know if I’ve laughed as much doing a story in my nearly 30 years of editing and writing as I did when interviewing some of the Southern soybean rust experts recently.

In the March issue of CropLife® magazine, we take you behind the scenes of USDA’s soybean rust website, Integrated Pest Management Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education (aka IPM PIPE), and learn the origins of the soybean rust alerts, scoutings, and confirmations (“Where The Wild Things Are,” p. 68). Those little red and green dots on the U.S. map make tracking rust’s progress easy, but as I learned from these interviews, they don’t reveal the hard work of Extension specialists and volunteers every day.

The tales these eight plant pathologists shared with me about their soybean rust adventures were amazing, hair-raising, and at times like something out of the movies. And to a person, situations that may not have been quite so much fun at the time have become fodder for great humor in retrospect.

Each researcher that I called was more than willing to tell me about their field experiences. Once they got started, the stories just rolled out, each new one topping the last, and all laced with laughter. Their stories have become legend within the ranks of plant pathologists.

And if they were enthusiastic about their own tales, they were even more eager and excited to ensure that I asked the next person on my list about specific situations THAT person was involved in. When they learned that I’d lost contact with Ed Sikora of Auburn as he was driving down an Alabama highway, everyone was very quick to fill in some gaps, because as I heard more than once, “Ed has the best stories of all.”

However, there just wasn’t enough room to fit all these soybean rust exploits and the photographs they sent to me on a single page in CropLife magazine, so we’ve added them to CropLife.com. Once you’re on the home page, click on Rust Report at left.

Not just Ed’s extra stories, but also exploits from Tom Allen and Billy Moore of Mississippi, Clayton Hollier of Louisiana, Bob Kemerait of Georgia, Tom Isakeit of Texas, Scott Monfort of Arkansas, and Jim Marois of Florida. I think you’ll be entertained as well as educated.

In all seriousness, to be at the forefront of finding soybean rust takes a genuine sense of service to the ag community because it requires a strong stomach, nerves of steel, and the ability to walk into the unknown at any time. Yet despite that, I came away from the interviews understanding that these people are fascinated by soybean rust.

Because of their dedication, you as retailers and your soybean grower-customers across the U.S. and Canada are able to keep track soybean rust and determine if and when action is needed. What an invaluable service.

We invite retailers — and not just those in the South — to click on my e-mail address below with your own soybean rust stories.

Leave a Reply

Fungicides Stories

Winter Wheat
FungicidesSyngenta Receives Approval For Fungicide ADEPIDYN In Argentina
November 15, 2016
Syngenta has announced that MIRAVIS Duo, a combination of ADEPIDYN and difenoconazole, has been approved by SENASA (regulatory authority in Read More
Topguard premix fungicide
FungicidesFMC Launches New Topguard EQ Fungicide Premix
November 10, 2016
FMC Corp. announces the launch of a new fungicide premix called Topguard EQ fungicide that provides long-lasting disease control and Read More
Soybean Closeup
FungicidesFMC Begins Registration Process For New Fungicide Active Ingredient
October 19, 2016
FMC Agricultural Solutions has begun the joint U.S. EPA and Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency registration process for bixafen, a new Read More
Soybean Field
FungicidesSyngenta Launches Interactive Tools For Vibrance Seed Treatment Fungicide
August 30, 2016
As part of the ongoing commitment to provide growers and retailers with the most current crop protection products and agronomic Read More
Trending Articles
Precision AgTrimble Debuts End-to-End FMIS Platform
November 28, 2016
October’s inaugural PrecisionAg Vision Conference left this author with many thoughts and things to ponder in the coming months. Probably Read More
CHS Primeland
CropLife 100The 2016 CropLife 100 Report: Reviewing The Many Bulls And Bears Impacting This Year’s Marketplace
November 28, 2016
For virtually all of 2016, the nation was wholly focused on the big Presidential election. Some folks aligned themselves with Read More
Monsanto sign
Crop InputsMissouri Governor Meets With Bayer CEO To Discuss Monsanto Merger
November 21, 2016
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon visited Bayer AG global headquarters in Leverkusen, Germany, on November 18 to discuss the proposed Bayer-Monsanto Read More
STS16 2017
SprayersHagie Manufacturing Releases 2017 STS16 Sprayer To Market
November 16, 2016
Hagie Manufacturing LLC’s largest full season applicator is now available with enhancements for the 2017 model year. Hagie is officially Read More
Wilco
CropLife 100Valley Agronomics, Wilco-Winfield To Form New Agronomy Joint Venture
November 11, 2016
Valley Agronomics LLC, headquartered in Rupert, ID, is a joint venture between Valley Wide Cooperative and Winfield Solutions, LLC. Wilco-Winfield, Read More
FertilizerThe Fertilizer Institute Issues Statement On The U.S. Elections
November 10, 2016
The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) President Chris Jahn has issued the following statement on the results of the 2016 elections: “TFI Read More
Latest News
ManagementCorn and soy planting update; Takeaways from Climate Co…
December 2, 2016
AgriBusiness Global Editor Dave Frabotta Joins Paul Schrimpf for a discussion of global corn and soybean planting trends, and a Read More
Radish cover crop taproot
Crop InputsSoil Health Institute, Datu Research Receive Grant To E…
December 1, 2016
The Soil Health Institute (SHI) and Datu Research has announced a $626,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation to quantify Read More
Mike Stern
Precision AgClimate Corp. CEO Talks Retailer Support For Digital Ag
December 1, 2016
CropLife Magazine’s sister publication, AgriBusiness Global, recently sat down with Mike Stern, CEO of The Climate Corp., following the Monsanto subsidiary’s Read More
ManagementAg Industry Comes Together To Address Climate Change
December 1, 2016
Addressing climate change — and more specifically, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture — can only be achieved through collective Read More
Young soybean field
HerbicidesLiquid Formulation Valor EZ Herbicide Available For 201…
December 1, 2016
Valent U.S.A. Corp. has released Valor EZ; a liquid formulation of the company’s leading herbicide, Valor. Named Valor EZ Herbicide Read More
Key Cooperative Marcus Construction Steel Building
ManagementThe Value Of Cooperatives In Modern Agriculture
December 1, 2016
Editor’s Note: Jaxon Mullinnix of  Lone Tree, IA, was recently named the Iowa state winner of the 2017 GROWMARK essay Read More
AGCO Operator of the Year Tony Kornder
SprayersAGCO Names Tony Kornder Operator Of The Year
December 1, 2016
AGCO Corp. names Tony Kornder with Genesis Growing Solutions in Le Sueur, MN, the 11th annual Operator of the Year. Read More
Chris Henney OABA
ManagementOABA Industry Conference To Provide Outlook For Future …
November 29, 2016
The upcoming Ohio AgriBusiness Association Industry Conference is packed with widely-respected speakers and industry professionals, sharing their expertise on a Read More
Corn
InsecticidesMajor Review Finds Neonic Poses Low Risk To Aquatic Inv…
November 28, 2016
A major new ecotoxicological review and risk assessment has been published in the peer-reviewed literature and concluded that registered crop Read More
EquipmentGSI Details New Grain Drying Efficiency System for Coop…
November 28, 2016
Grain elevators and ag co-ops are always looking for ways to increase their energy efficiency to help improve profitability. For Read More
Precision AgTrimble Debuts End-to-End FMIS Platform
November 28, 2016
October’s inaugural PrecisionAg Vision Conference left this author with many thoughts and things to ponder in the coming months. Probably Read More
AGCO AgControl system
Precision AgPrecision Ag Technology: Rate Control For The Times
November 28, 2016
It’s not surprising that the need for more economical, effective application is driving the demand for the latest rate controllers Read More
ARA
Eric SfiligojTaking The Industry’s Pulse At ARA
November 28, 2016
When most of you read this particular column, many of the industry’s key folks will probably be spending at least Read More
CHS Primeland
CropLife 100The 2016 CropLife 100 Report: Reviewing The Many Bulls …
November 28, 2016
For virtually all of 2016, the nation was wholly focused on the big Presidential election. Some folks aligned themselves with Read More
FertilizerNutrient Management, Conservation Among Topics Covered …
November 23, 2016
Certified crop advisers, consultants, farmers, agribusiness professionals and students will learn more about nutrient management, soil and water conservation, pest Read More
Monsanto sign
Crop InputsMissouri Governor Meets With Bayer CEO To Discuss Monsa…
November 21, 2016
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon visited Bayer AG global headquarters in Leverkusen, Germany, on November 18 to discuss the proposed Bayer-Monsanto Read More
Arysta LifeScience
Crop InputsArysta LifeScience Forms Alliance With Beem Biologics
November 21, 2016
As part of its recently announced strategy to become a leader in high-value, high-growth specialty market segments in the crop Read More
DuPont sign
Crop InputsDuPont To End Pension Contribution For Active Employees
November 18, 2016
DuPont will no longer contribute to active employees’ pension plans, a move that will affect the retirement of 13,000 workers, Read More