Integrated Crop Management

Soybean rust interactive CD-ROM

The Iowa State University Crop Adviser Institute (CAI) has recently completed a new interactive course module on CD-ROM, entitled Soybean Rust -- Biology and Its Risks, authored by X.B. Yang, an ISU Extension plant pathologist. This module describes the soybean rust fungus Phakopsora pachyrhizi and provides details on the disease’s life cycle; potential for damage; current worldwide distribution and potential for movement; management; and ongoing research. The course CD contains many high-quality photographs, graphics, and interactive segments, as well as a reference section for extended learning.

This course module was developed as a continuing education tool for Certified Crop Advisers and other ag professionals and contains an examination that may be completed for continuing education unit (CEU) credit with the American Society of Agronomy, the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, or both. The information in this course is available at a reduced price to those who wish to use it only for educational purposes, without the option to obtain CEU credits.

A full list of available course modules is available on the CAI website [1]. Courses are available for purchase on-line 24 hours a day by using a secure credit card entry, or by check.

The CAI is a partnership developed between Iowa State University, departments within the ISU College of Agriculture, and ISU Extension. Faculty and staff throughout the ISU community are the primary content providers for course modules developed by the CAI. If you are interested in collaborating with the CAI on course development or want more information on CAI, please contact us at (515) 294-7546 or e-mail

This article originally appeared on pages 7-8 of the IC-490 (1) -- January 21, 2003 issue.

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