Soybean Rust Course Equips Attendees

Asian soybean rust continues to be a major concern for North American agribusiness professionals, growers, and researchers, who came in record numbers to this year’s two-day Asian soybean rust short course in Quincy, FL.

The workshop, held at the North Florida Research and Education Center, drew 103 participants from the 12 north central states, as well as several other soybean-producing states across the United States.

Participants learned about subjects such as soybean rust identification, control strategies, how weather affects rust, and progress towards rust-resistant genetics.

“Farmers have identified continuing training and education in soybean rust identification and management as a priority,” says David Wright, director of research for the North Central Soybean Research Program, which sponsored the course.

“These are tough economic times, and farmers realize a better understanding of soybean rust can help them be more profitable,” he says. “Misdiagnosis of the disease and spraying when not necessary can all be costly. The participants in this program now know how to identify and manage the disease, and can share this knowledge with others.”

The short course — and an intensive research program — started in 2005, in response to the discovery of Asian soybean rust in the country the previous year.

The course has been designed to equip industry members with skills to identify Asian soybean rust, to understand its development and infection details, and to learn how to manage it.

“In South Dakota, rumors of Asian soybean rust cost growers thousands of dollars and unnecessary spraying,” says Larry Osborne, South Dakota State University Extension plant pathologist. Adds his counterpart Sam Markell, North Dakota State University: “With this course, a crop consultant or even a neighbor can have the ability to look at a disease in a crop and say it is or isn’t soybean rust. That can save farmers a lot of money.”

Presentations were made this year by researchers from the University of Florida, Penn State University, Ohio State University, the Federal University of Vicosa, Brazil, USDA, and Bayer Crop Science.

“We originally thought this would be a one-time course,” says Wright, “but the interest in Asian soybean rust is still very strong. We will continue to meet the demand for education, training, and information.”

Likewise, the research program at Quincy has proven popular with the industry. In just four years, scientists have logged 75 research-years of studies at the center, which has become a focal point for cooperative soybean rust research in North America.

(Source: Southeast Farm Press)

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