On July 7, one of the world’s leading authorities on Asian soybean rust, Tadashi Yorinori, will conduct a soybean rust training session in Alexandria, La. Open to the public, the session will be held at the Dean Lee Research and Extension Center and will begin at 1 p.m.

Tadashi, a Brazilian, works for EMBRAPA — a Brazilian organization similar to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He has worked with soybean rust since 1980. Most of his time is spent screening for resistance and training field agronomists and producers on how to control the disease throughout Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina.

The meeting will begin with a brief presentation on the soybean crop from David Lanclos, LSU AgCenter soybean specialist. A panel discussion with LSU soybean pathologists Clayton Hollier, Ray Schneider and Boyd Padgett will follow.

The meeting will then move outside for a field rust scouting clinic conducted by Tadashi. After scouting the station, the group will move to nearby producers’ fields for more scouting/training.

For more information, contact Matt Martin, 318-767-3968, John Chaney, 318-473-6589, or David Lanclos 318-473-6530.