Is the U.S. soybean industry ready to respond to soybean rust? With the potential to cost billion of dollars in crop losses and disease-control costs, being educated when
soybean rust hits is key.
SoybeanRustInfo.com has been launched by BASF to serve as an education site for the entire soybean industry with the technical information and insight individuals need before soybean rust ever becomes a problem in the United States.
"Perhaps the most important thing growers and others in the soybean industry can do to prepare for the threat of soybean rust is to educate themselves," says Gary Fellows, technical marketing manager for soybeans at BASF.
Visitors to SoybeanRustInfo.com will find:
- An overview of soybean rust and the threat it presents to the industry.
- An image gallery showing disease symptoms and damage in Brazilian fields.
- Informative articles from leading soybean publications and universities.
- Practical tips for scouting fields and identifying soybean rust.
- Links to key government and industry Web sites.
In addition, SoybeanRustInfo.com offers several interactive features:
- A map detailing the worldwide spread of soybean rust.
- A chat room where growers can share their experiences.
- A form to submit questions that will be answered by industry experts.
- An opportunity to sign up to receive further information.
The Web site will be updated regularly to ensure that visitors receive the latest information. "Researchers are continually learning more about this disease and how to control it," Fellows says. "Our goal is for SoybeanRustInfo.com to be the authoritative source for soybean rust information."
Tracy Linbo, BASF product manager for soybeans, encourages everyone involved in the soybean industry to look to SoybeanRustInfo.com for objective information. "We realize it will take all of us â€“ growers, researchers and industry â€“ working together to keep soybean rust in check," Linbo says.