The United States Department of Agriculture recently announced Asian soybean rust has been identified in Seminole County, Ga., on volunteer soybeans. This is the first confirmed U.S. case in soybeans for the 2005 season. The confirmation was made by officials with the University of Georgia's Plant Disease Clinic in Tifton, Ga.

"While rust has now been confirmed in Georgia on volunteer soybeans, it's important to remember that it can be managed like other soybean diseases, as long as we continue to scout and monitor its spread," says Greg Anderson, United Soybean Board (USB) chairman and farmer from Newman Grove, Neb. "Soybean farmers can take heart that we are reducing the potential impact of rust through our own checkoff dollars. The soybean checkoff is helping keep farmers regularly informed about the status of rust so we can take appropriate actions to minimize yield loss."

The checkoff and other industry partners have worked with USDA to create a Web site to track soybean rust movement at The site houses three U.S. maps to provide the latest disease observations, management tips and scouting recommendations. The maps are updated by individual state soybean specialists who make their interpretations and recommendations at the state and local level.

Source: Association Release