In an ongoing effort to educate growers about Asian soybean rust, the American Soybean Association in cooperation with USDA, will host a series of rust education meetings during January and February 2006.

“Heat and drought in much of the Midwest in 2005 limited the spread of soybean rust to the southern United States,” said ASA President Bob Metz, a soybean producer from West Browns Valley, S.D. “Chances are it will be a different story in 2006. Soybean rust is still a serious threat to all U.S. soybean growing areas.”

Entitled “Beyond 2005 — preparing for rust is a must,” the agenda will include the following topics:

  • Why rust was not a factor in 2005, and what can we expect in 2006
  • State perspective on rust
  • Dealing with rust in the South — lessons learned from 2005
  • Industry perspective on 2005

Dates and locations include: Jan. 18, Plain City, Ohio, Der Dutchman; Jan. 24, Owensboro, Ky., Executive Inn Rivermont; Jan. 26, Raleigh, N.C., Sheraton Imperial; and Feb. 1, Davenport, Iowa, Holiday Inn. A fifth meeting was held Jan. 5 in St. Louis, Mo.

Growers planning to attend any of the five meetings should register as soon as possible because space is limited. Admission is free for current ASA members. There is a $50 registration fee for non-members, which includes all guests of members. Non-members can join ASA online at www.soygrowers.com. Non-members may also join ASA at the meeting and have their registration fee applied to their membership. To register online, go to www.soygrowers.com/rust/ or call toll-free, 800-688-7692 (extension 507) to request a registration form by mail.