Despite the fact that Asian soybean rust didn't ultimately provide the crop damage farmers worried it could in 2005, the threat still looms for 2006 and beyond. Accordingly, Mid-South university agriculture programs, the USDA and the National Crop Insurance Services have joined to offer a series of workshops aimed at addressing various critical farm risk management issues this year facing U.S. soybean producers and the fungal disease — already prominent in other areas of the world, including Brazil.

The workshops will offer topics including control strategies, budgeting, post-season assessment, contingency planning and a state-by-state review of ASR in 2005.

Organizers recommend contacting appropriate Extension offices to register for each workshop. Because space will be limited, pre-registration is encouraged. All workshops are scheduled from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.).

  • Jan. 24 — Stoneville, Miss., Delta Research and Extension Center. Contact: Emily Rose (662) 325-2701.

  • Feb. 21 — Jackson, Tenn., West Tennessee Research & Extension Center. Contact: Melvin Newman (731) 425-4718.

  • March 1 — Winnsboro, La., Macon Ridge Research Center. Contact: Clayton Hollier (225) 578-4487.

  • March 7 — Brinkley, Ark., Brinkley Convention Center. Contact: Beth Roberts (1-800) 844-2474.