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Train to Become a Soybean Rust First Detector


AMES, Iowa  -- For the past two years Asian soybean rust has been a concern for Iowa soybean growers and agribusiness. In response to this threat to one of Iowa’s most important crops, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Iowa Soybean Association and Iowa State University formed the Iowa Soybean Rust Team. The team developed a system in Iowa that quickly moves soybean samples suspected of being infected with soybean rust through a sequence of trained personnel to offer Iowa soybean growers rapid and accurate identification of the disease.


Trained agronomists are the best qualified to watch for symptoms and signs of rust on a daily basis throughout the growing season across the millions of acres of soybeans in Iowa. So, the Iowa Soybean Rust Team is recruiting Iowa agricultural professionals to serve as “First Detectors” for soybean rust.


A Soybean Rust First Detector training session is being held June 20, at the Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL) near Ames. At this session, attendees will receive details about the statewide detection system and hear the industry and regulatory perspectives on Asian soybean rust as well as training on identifying soybean rust and distinguishing it from other commonly occurring soybean diseases. Three Certified Crop Adviser Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in the Pest Management category will be earned for participating.


Registration is $20 and can be paid by check or credit card at the door. Pre-registration is not required for this program. Check in on the day of the training begins at 8:30 a.m., and the program runs from 9 a.m. to noon. FEEL is located south of Highway 30 about 5 miles west of Ames. More information about the training session can be found at the Agribusiness Education Program Web site, www.aep.iastate.edu or by calling (515) 432-9548.


Contacts :

Brent Pringnitz, Agribusiness Education Program, bpring@iastate.edu, (515) 432-9548


Daren Mueller, Plant Pathology, dsmuelle@iastate.edu, (515) 460-8000

Jean McGuire, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-7033, jmcguire@iastate.edu