State soybean checkoff boards, along with USB, have invested $380,000 in checkoff dollars to fight the deadly disease Asian soybean rust.

Research is critical, says USB, especially since South American fields suffered a $1 billion yield loss due to rust last season.

“We need to do all we can to minimize the rust problem. That's being done through coordinated efforts by USB, USDA-Agriculture Research Services, the North Central Soybean Research Program and individual state soybean checkoff boards,” says Bryan Heiser, chairman of USB's production research committee and soybean producer from Minier, IL.

For more on soybean rust visit www.planthealth.info.