There are two new tools for Iowa soybean producers and agricultural professionals to help them manage Asian soybean rust should it arrive in Iowa this year.
The first tool is a new publication, Asian Soybean Rust Management Strategies 2006  (PM 2028). It offers management guidelines on when it is appropriate to use fungicides, which class of fungicides to use at various growth stages, and a current listing of fungicides approved for use in Iowa to treat Asian soybean rust.
This publication is currently being printed and will be available after June 12 for order through any Iowa State University Extension office, online through the Iowa State University Extension Distribution Center, or by calling (515) 294-5247.
The other tool is the newly redesigned Web site, www.soybeanrust.info . This site is supported by the Iowa Soybean Rust Team and is designed to provide Iowa producers with the information they need to make research-based decisions on how to treat this new crop threat.
The general look of the site remains the same, but the content has been significantly reorganized and updated. The content is now organized into three categories: identify, confirm, and manage. This format allows users to more quickly and easily find the information they want.
The Iowa Soybean Rust Team was formed in 2002 to help Iowa producers prepare for Asian soybean rust. Team members include Iowa State University, the Iowa Soybean Association, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and the United States Department of Agriculture--Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
This article originally appeared on page 149 of the IC-496(13) -- May 30, 2006 issue.