Linda Benedict, Chaney, John A., Lanclos, David Y. | 6/28/2005 2:53:41 AM
ALEXANDRIA – An Asian soybean rust training session and field tour are set for July 7 at the LSU AgCenter’s facilities here.
The meeting, which will begin at 1 p.m. July 7 at the LSU AgCenter’s Dean Lee Research Station/Rapides Parish Extension office, will feature one of the world’s leading authorities on Asian soybean rust.
Dr. Tadashi Yorinori will conduct a tour of the soybean fields at the Dean Lee Research Station and area farms. Yorinori is a scientist and teacher employed by EMBRAPA in Brazil, which is similar to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in this country.
"We are fortunate to have Dr. Yorinori to visit the area and provide training on this devastating disease," said LSU AgCenter soybean and feed grain specialist Dr. David Lanclos, adding, "He does a good hands-on demonstration on how to find and identify the disease."
Also on the program will be a presentation to update the group on the soybean situation in the state, the latest recommended fungicides to suppress Asian soybean rust and other diseases and a panel discussion involving professionals from the LSU AgCenter.
Asian soybean rust is a fungal disease that has caused soybean yield losses in up to 80 percent of other countries. It was discovered to have moved into this country on storm winds about the time the 2004 soybean season drew to a close.
Last year, the production and processing of soybeans contributed more than $241 million to the state’s economy, according to the Louisiana Summary of Agriculture and Forestry published by the LSU AgCenter.
"This training meeting is an opportunity for farmers to learn and interact with one of the world’s leading experts," said Lanclos.
The educational program is being facilitated by the Foundation for Agronomic Research and is sponsored by the Louisiana Soybean Research and Feed Grain Promotion Board, Louisiana Soybean Association, agricultural chemical companies and the LSU AgCenter.
The LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research Station and its Rapides Extension offices are located at 300 Grady Britt Drive adjacent to the LSU Alexandria campus.
For more information or a program on the Asian soybean rust training meeting and tour, contact David Lanclos at (318) 473-6530 or visit the Web site at www.lsuagcenter.com and click on Asian Soybean Rust listed under features. ###