Are you looking for official soybean rust information from USDA agencies along with soybean industry organizations? Everyone ranging from APHIS, state departments, members of the research and scientifica communities and soybean industry have joined forces to provide easy access to all the best and up-to-date information about soybean rust.
On Tuesday, USDA unveiled an interactive soybean rust Web site, www.usda.gov/soybeanrust, that will serve as a one-stop shop for anyone who depends on the soy industry to help understand these issues and make informed decisions, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns said during remarks to the Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska Farm Bureau Federations meeting this week in Washington, D.C.
The one-stop federal resource provides timely information on the extent and severity of soybean rust outbreaks in the United States, Caribbean basin and Central America. It will give users up-to-date forecasts on where soybean rust is likely to appear in the United States, reports where the disease exists by county, refers growers to county extension agents nationwide, lists the National Plant Diagnostic Networks laboratories and links to other Web sites to give producers effective disease management options.
This effort is part of the strategic plan that USDA implemented in 2002 in anticipation of a potential soybean rust find in the U.S., which established priorities of protection, detection, response and recovery.
Soybean rust is caused by either of two fungal species, Phakopsora pachyrhizi, also known as the Asian species, and Phakopsora meibomiae, the New World species. The Asian species, first found in Louisiana last year, is the more aggressive of the two species, causing more damage to soybean plants. The fungus has been found in eight other states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and South Carolina.
For more information, be sure to click on the Soybean Rust menu option on the left.