Workshop series addresses Asian soybean rust

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.

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