Integrated Crop Management

Soybean rust found in Iowa

On Tuesday, March 13, 2007, Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and the Iowa Soybean Association jointly announced for the first time that soybean rust was found on plant tissue reported to be from Iowa.

Here is what we know so far:

What are the ramifications for 2007?

The confirmation of soybean rust in the 2006 crop does not guarantee that we will have soybean rust in the 2007 Iowa soybean crop. The spores that cause soybean rust cannot survive without green leaf tissue and will die during Iowa winters, so the recently discovered rust fungus does not pose any risk of infection for the 2007 Iowa growing season.

However, this discovery does remind us that it is possible for Iowa fields to become infected with soybean rust. Growers should not overreact to this development. Instead, growers must be ready to act appropriately and economically in 2007 should this disease again show up in Iowa and be a threat to soybean yields.

Have any questions?

Iowa Soybean Rust Team members are available to answer any questions about this discovery. An Ask the Experts [1] section is located on the Iowa State University soybean rust Web site [2] as well as a Frequently Asked Questions [3] section.

Spores from the Iowa Asian soybean rust sample viewed under a microscope. (Christine Engelbrecht) [4]Spores from the Iowa Asian soybean rust sample viewed under a microscope. (Christine Engelbrecht) Magnified pustules from the Iowa Asian soybean rust sample. (Christine Engelbrecht) [5]Magnified pustules from the Iowa Asian soybean rust sample. (Christine Engelbrecht)

Daren Mueller is an extension plant pathologist with the Iowa State University Corn and Soybean Initiative and the Pest Management and the Environment Program. Christine Engelbrecht is an extension program specialist and plant disease diagnostician at the Plant Disease Clinic.

This article originally appeared on page 56 of the IC-498 (3) -- March 26, 2007 issue.


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http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/icm//ipm/icm/2007/3-26/soybean_rust_found.html