There has and will continue to be much focus on the impending arrival of soybean rust in the US. Data to date does not in anyway suggest that this will happen this year, and there have been no reports (June 14, 2004) that it has entered the US. We have teamed up with the Ohio Soybean Council to assist in diagnosis of “suspect” samples received by OSU’s C.Wayne Ellett Plant Diagnostic Clinic. There will be several articles in local newspapers and the ASA Newsletter this next month. The bottom line is that if you see something unusual in your fields - we want you to send it in. The American Soybean Association is sponsoring some informational meetings this summer across the US. One of the locations will be at Der Dutchman in Plain City on July 22, 2004. I will be on the program in Ohio which will also include a representative from USDA giving a Rust Overview and How to Detect Rust.

Other speakers will focus on Application Technology as well as Fungicide Information. Registration Materials can found on the web at www.SoyGrowers.com/rust. Attendance for ASA Members is Free and Non-members is $30.00.

In addition to this meeting from the American Soybean Association, the North Central Regional IPM groups is hosting a teleconference on June 29th.

We will have two locations in Ohio for this meeting, Room 130 Research Services Bldg. OARDC, Wooster and the Van Wert County Extension Office. For those of you who haven’t attended a teleconference before - we will have the powerpoint presentations here -- but the speaker will be in Illinois or Iowa with their voice coming over a conference phone. The agenda for the Teleconference is as follows: http://corn.osu.edu/education/soybeanrust.pdf.