Integrated Crop Management

Asian soybean rust: Focus of Certified Crop Adviser training

Training for Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) will be offered at the Southeast Iowa Research Farm near Crawfordsville on June 23, 2005. The training will focus on identifying foliar soybean diseases, including Asian soybean rust. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and training follows from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A meal will be provided as part of the $50 registration fee. Participants who want to become soybean rust First Detectors need to arrive by 9 a.m. for an introduction to the Fast Track First Detector program. If participants also stay for the afternoon tour, a total of 5 credit hours can be obtained. Topics covered in the morning training will give CCA credits of 1 hour in soil and water management and 2 hours in pest management.

The morning session will include hands-on training by Alison Robertson and X. B. Yang, ISU Extension plant pathologists, on identifying Asian soybean rust and look-alike diseases that are common in Iowa soybean fields. Also during the morning CCA program, Bruce Trautman and Mark La Van, Natural Resources Conservation Service, will present information on recent soil and water conservation programs in Iowa.

"Asian Soybean Rust Outlook" by X. B. Yang and Alison Robertson will be featured during the afternoon tour. Other stops will include information on tile drainage on southeast Iowa soils, vertical tillage study results, and soybean aphids.

The registration fee can be paid at the door, but you need to register by June 21 to avoid a $20 late fee. To register, please contact the Johnson County Extension office at 319-337-2145 or e-mail [1].

To reach the farm, follow U.S. Highway 218 for 1 3/4 miles south of Crawfordsville, then 2 miles east on county road G-62, then 3/4 miles north. Signs will be posted to direct you to the farm.

This article originally appeared on page Page 2 of the IC-494(12) -- May 31, 2005 issue.

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