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November 11, 2004

November 11, 2004

ASIAN SOYBEAN RUST

As you have undoubtedly heard, Asian Soybean Rust was yesterday confirmed to be in Louisiana, the first occurrence in continental North America.  With its presence in South America, most had assumed it would enter the United Stated sooner or later, but we had hoped it would be later.

The good news is that Iowa has the most advanced plan for detecting and managing this disease of any state.  Many Certified Crop Advisors (CCA's), Certified Professional Agronomists (CPAg) and others have gone through special training to identify the disease, and the ISU Extension Crops Specialists and some County Extension Education Directors have gone through more intensive training on identification.  Several fungicides will be available for use in 2005, if needed.

Through the winter, Iowa State University Extension will be providing many opportunities for producers and dealers to learn more about identification and management of this disease.

There are also several excellent sources of information all of which will be continually updated except for the streaming audio file (last one).  They are:

        Iowa State University Extension Plant Pathology http://www.plantpath.iastate.edu/soybeanrust/

        United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health inspection Service (APHIS) http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/issues/sbr/sbr.html

        Extension Disaster Education Network http://www.agctr.lsu.edu/eden/

        Integrated Pest Management Centers http://www.ipmcenters.org/soybeanrust/

        WOI Radio 32 minute news spot with several specialists - streaming audio http://emms-ws12.exnet.iastate.edu/radio/audio/soybeanrust/soyrust-midday.m3u

 

FOR YOUR CALENDAR

Planning for the 2005 crop year is in full swing.  To assist producers and those who work with producers through the planning process, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension will be conducting several meetings for producers and those who work with producers.  I'll provide a brief overview of several; more details are available at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Pages/eccrops/meet.html. In addition, these and other agricultural educational opportunities in east-central and southeast Iowa do or will soon appear on the ISU Extension calendar.

Ag Chemical Dealers Meeting, November 22, 2004 in Iowa City and Mount Pleasant.  These all-day meetings are designed for dealers and consultants, but producers are more than welcome.  Information on weed, insect, and disease management will be provided as well as a soybean management update.  The fee is $40.00 (by November 15), including meals, breaks, and materials.  Continuing Instruction Course credit for Commercial Pesticide Applicators will be available.  In addition, Continuing Education Units for Certified Crop Advisors will be available.

Crop Advantage, January 5, 2005 in Mount Pleasant and January 6, 2005 in Cedar Rapids.  These all-day meetings are designed for progressive crop producers, but dealers and consultants are more than welcome to attend.  The opening sessions will feature Asian Soybean Rust information and glyphosate management issues.  Following the opening sessions, a series of concurrent workshops will be offered; participants may select which workshops they wish to attend.  The fee is $30 ($40 after December27), including meals, breaks, and materials.  Private Pesticide Applicators may receive Continuing Instruction Course credit if they attend a pest (weed, insect, or disease) management session some time during the day, attend a special one-hour session at the end of the day (3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.), and pay the additional $15 fee for Continuing Instruction Courses.  In addition, Continuing Education Units will ba available for Certified Crop Advisors of an additional fee of $25.

WMT Ag Expo (formerly the Eastern Iowa Conservation Tillage Show and the Iowa Conservation and Ag Technology Expo), January 11 - 12, 2005 in Cedar Rapids.   ISU Extension will again be coordinating the educational seminars.  As details are finalized, they will appear at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Pages/eccrops/meet.html. Private Pesticide Applicators may receive Continuing Instruction Course credit if they attend a pest (weed, insect, or disease) management session, a laws & regulations session, and pay the additional $15 fee for Continuing Instruction Courses; this opportunity will most likely be on January 11, 2005.

Corn & Soybean Classic, January 13, 2005, in Moline, IL.  This is an all-day opportunity for those of us in eastern Iowa to get the perspective of the folks from the University of Illinois.  If you historically appreciated the Bi-state Crops Clinics in the Quad Cities, you should consider this opportunity, which is designed for producers, dealers, and consultants.  The fee is $35 ($50 after December 31), which includes meals, breaks, and materials.  Continuing Education Units for Certified Crop Advisors will be available.

Managing Crop Risks will be on January 18, 2005 at 1:00 pm in Cedar Rapids, January 18, 2005 at 6:00 pm in DeWitt, and January 19, 2005 at 8:00 am in Mount Pleasant.  Program details will be available soon.

Andrew Jackson Demonstration Farm Annual Meeting, late January (specific date not set yet), 2005, Maquoketa.  The Andrew Jackson Demonstration Farm operates the Jackson County Farm near Andrew, researching and demonstrating best management practices on the more undulating ground in northeast Iowa.  While the meeting is designed for members, all producers, dealers, and consultants are invited to attend to see the results of corn, soybean, horticulture, hay, and pasture efforts conducted at the farm, some of which are organic.

Agronomy Day, February 24, 2005, in Harper.  This meeting is also designed with progressive crop producers in mind, but dealers and consultants are more than welcome to attend.  Details are somewhat sketchy at this time, but they will be posted at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Pages/eccrops/meet.html as they are firmed up.  I anticipate that weed, insect, and disease management will be key topics as well as soil fertility.  A Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Course credit will be available.

Muscatine Island Truck Growers Association Annual Meeting, March 3, 2005 in Fruitland.  The Muscatine Island Truck Growers Association owns the ISU Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm near Fruitland and is intimately involved in guiding research activities at the farm.  While the meeting is designed for members, all producers, dealers, and consultants are invited to attend to see the results of research conducted at the farm.  This will have a combination of horticulture (fruits, vegetables, etc.) and agronomy (corn, soybeans, forages, small grains) oriented presentations.  Private Pesticide Applicators may receive Continuing Instruction Course credit if they attend a pest (weed, insect, or disease) management session some time during the day, attend a special one-hour session at the end of the day, and pay the additional $15 fee for Continuing Instruction Courses.

Southeast Iowa Agricultural Research Association Annual Meeting, March 3, 2005 in Iowa City.  The Southeast Iowa Agricultural Research Association owns the ISU Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville and is intimately involved in guiding research activities at the farm.  While the meeting is designed for members, all producers, dealers, and consultants are invited to attend to see the results of research conducted at the farm.

Northeast Iowa Experimental Association Annual Meeting, March 9, 2005 at the farm near Nashua.  The Northeast Iowa Experimental Association owns the ISU Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua and is intimately involved in guiding research activities at the farm.  While the meeting is designed for members, all producers, dealers, and consultants are invited to attend to see the results of research conducted at the farm.

In addition, there will, of course, be the normal

        Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Courses http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Pages/eccrops/pcic.html,

        Commercial Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Courses http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Pages/eccrops/ccic.html,

        Private Pesticide Applicator Training for the Test http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Pages/eccrops/ppat.html, and

        Commercial Pesticide Applicator Training for the Tests http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Pages/eccrops/cpat.html.

 

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, etc. on any of these, please feel free to contact me.  Likewise, if you have ideas of other efforts that are needed, again please feel free to contact me.

I wish you and yours a happy holiday season and a prosperous 2005.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Iowa State University Extension Office.
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