Soybean growers now have sort of a "CliffsNotes" to address information about soybean rust. "Preparing for Asian Soybean Rust" addresses the foliar disease from initial infection to yield loss prevention– all in a handy, 15-page volume.

The booklet is available through Purdue Universtiy Extension and the Media Distribution Center. Farmers also can order and download the publication online. While it is a Purdue University publication, the information can be helpful to anyone involved with soybean production.

"Preparing for Asian Soybean Rust" is loaded with color photographs and instructions for submitting leaf samples to Purdue's Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory for rust analysis, says Shawn Conley, soybean specialist and one of the publication's authors.

"We we trying to develop a small, all-inclusive publication that growers can take to the field and determine whether their crop might have soybean rust," he notes. "We've also included the steps to follow if growers suspect they have Asian soybean rust in their fields."

The booklet is small, but it doesn't skimp on important details.

"This publication takes into account the soybean plant itself – the agronomic aspects; disease management– the pathology aspects; and the economic side, such as crop insurance," Conley says. "The points are laid out in a concise, but precise, manner."

Color-coded tabs take the reader right to the seven main sections:

  • "What is Asian soybean rust?"
  • "What does it look like?"
  • "How does it spread?"
  • "How can it be managed?"
  • "How should fungicides be used?"
  • "Can cultural practices help? - Will crop insurance cover my losses?"
  • "What if I suspect I have soybean rust? - Where can I find more information?"

Much of the booklet's content is based on the soybean rust experiences of South American farmers, says Greg Shaner, a Purdue plant pathologist and contributing writer.

"We attempted to bring together our best estimates of how this disease is going to develop and how the pathogen will behave here," Shaner says. It was written with an emphasis on soybeans in the Midwest but certainly is applicable across the Corn Belt and even points further north.

"Because we haven't yet gone through a growing season with the disease, we're relying on what we know about other rust diseases on small grains and corn," he adds. "We're also relying on what people in Brazil and Africa have dealt with."

Single copies of "Preparing for Asian Soybean Rust," Purdue Extension Publication ID-324, are free and available at county offices. Bulk orders are available in packages of 25 for $5 by logging onto the Purdue Extension Education Store at http://www.ces.purdue.edu/new or by contacting the Media Distribution Center. Call the Purdue Extension hotline at (888) 398-4636 for more information.

The booklet also can be downloaded online by logging onto http://www.ces.purdue.edu/extmedia/ID/ID-324.pdf.

Source: Purdue University