FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15, 2004

SOYBEAN RUST INFORMATIONAL AND TRAINING SESSIONS SCHEDULED
Agriculture Department stresses education in preparation for rust outbreak

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Department of Agriculture in cooperation with University of Illinois Extension today released a schedule of soybean rust informational and training sessions to be held through March 2005. The schedule incorporates speakers who will address the issues farmers and crops specialists will face in the upcoming season as well as educate them on scouting, identification, sampling and management practices.

"As the top soybean producing state in the nation, Illinois agriculture and the state economy are positioned to take the largest hit if we’re not prepared," Agriculture Director Chuck Hartke said. "These training sessions are designed to get crucial information out regarding management and treatment of rust to the masses in a short period of time. We suspect soybean rust will make its way to Illinois in the spring. "

Soybean rust was first confirmed in the United States on a research plot in Louisiana Nov. 16th, and since has been detected in eight other U.S. states. Rust is an airborne disease and although it cannot over-winter in Illinois weather, wind patterns can carry the spores to Illinois after the frost breaks in the spring.

"Our best weapon against soybean rust is education," said Suzanne Bissonnette, Extension Educator IPM and Visiting Research Coordinator Soybean Rust. "If we can reach the people who will be on the front lines and teach them what to look for, how to look for it and what to do if they suspect a problem, then hopefully we will be able to catch and treat the soybean rust infestations in the early stages before the damage becomes widespread."

Below is the training schedule and contacts list:

SOYBEAN RUST MASTER TRAINING SCHEDULE:

December

     

Day

Place

Meeting

Host

Dec. 15

Annawan Shelbyville

Animal ID

Crop Prod. & Pest Mgt.

U of I Ext. Fraley/Henry CFB/Shelby

Dec. 16

Shelbyville

Equine Brainstorming

Fraley/Shelby CFB

Dec. 17

Covington, IN

Bi-State Conference

U of I Ext. Vermillion

Dec. 20

Yorkville

Animal ID

Farley/Kendall CFB

January

Jan. 5-6

Urbana

IL. Crop Protection Tech. Conference

U of I Ext.

Jan 6.

Danville

Crop Insurance/grain marketing

Yoder/Vermillion CFB

Jan. 11

Riverton

Bloomington

Crop Insurance Corn/Soybean Classics

Yoder/IFB

U of I Ext.

Jan. 12

Rochelle

Corn/Soybean Classics

U of I Ext.

Jan. 13

Moline

Corn/Soybean Classics

U of I Ext.

Jan. 14

Springfield

Crop Insurance /grain marketing

Yoder/Sangamon CFB

Jan. 18

Pontiac

Springfield

Financial Mgt Corn/Soybean Classics

Yoder/U of I

U of I Ext.

Jan. 19

Mt. Vernon

Corn/Soybean Classics

U of I Ext.

Jan. 20

Waterloo

Collinsville

Financial Mgt Corn/Soybean Classics

Yoder/U of I

U of I Ext

Jan. 21

Charleston

Financial Mgt.

Yoder/U of I

Jan 25

Eureka

Greenville

Marshall

Financial Mgt.

Animal ID

Crop Prod. & Pest Mgt.

Yoder/U of I

Bond/Bond CFB

Clark Unit U of I Ext.

Jan. 26

Lee/Ogle CFB Yorkville

Financial Mgt.

Animal ID

Crop Prod. & Pest Mgt.

Yoder/U of I

Kendall Unit /U of I Ext.

Jan. 27

Litchfield

Jonesboro

Crop Insurance

Yoder IFB

Jan. 28

Grayville

Animal ID

Fraley & Yoder /Wayne CFB

February

Feb. 1

Freeport

Cambridge

Financial Mgt

Basic Marketing

Yoder/Stephenson CFB

Yoder IFB

Feb. 3

Effingham

Financial Mgt

Effingham CFB

Feb. 4

Shelbyville

Havana

Financial Mgt

Crop Prod. & Pest Mgt.

(Agronomy Days)

Shelbyville CFB

Mason Unit U of I Ext.

Feb. 7

Hardin

Crop Prod. & Pest Mgt.

(Agronomy Days)

Calhoun/Jersey Unit

U of I Ext.

Feb. 8

Kaskaskia

Financial Mgt.

Yoder/Clinton CFB

Feb. 8-9

Effingham

Southern Illinois Crop Mgt. Conference

Robert Bellm/U of I Ext.

Edwardsville Center

Feb. 9

Mt. Vernon

Illinois Vegetable Growers Conference

Elizabeth Wahle

U of I Ext.

Feb. 10

Carmi

Freeport

Cambridge

Financial Mgt.

Crop Insurance/Grain Marketing

Animal ID

Yoder/White CFB

Yoder/Stephenson CFB

Fraley/Henry CFB

Feb. 16

Gilman

Pontiac

Crop Insurance/Grain Marketing

Crop Prod. & Pest Mgt.

(Agronomy Days)

Yoder/Ford-Iroquois CFB

Livingston Unit/U of I Ext.

Feb. 17

Shelbyville

Crop Insurance/Grain Marketing

Yoder/Shelbyville CFB

Feb. 22

Kaskaskia JC

Crop Insurance/Grain Marketing

Yoder/Clinton CFB

Feb. 22-23

Jacksonville

Central Illinois Crop Mgt. Conference

Matt Montgomery/U of I Ext. Sangamon/Menard Unit

Feb. 23

Carmi

Crop Insurance/Grain Marketing

Yoder/U of I

Feb. 28

Eureka

Onagra

Crop Insurance/Grain Marketing

Crop Prod. & Pest Mgt.

(Agronomy Days)

Yoder/U of I

Ford/Iroquois Unit U of I Ext.

Feb. 28-March 1

Springfield

IFB Govt. Affairs & Leader Conference

White IFB

March

March 1

Champaign

Crop Insurance/Grain Marketing

Yoder/U of I

March 1-2

Malta

Northern Illinois Crop Mgt. Conference

Dave Feltes, U of I Ext.

Quad Cities Center

March 2

Decatur

Crop Insurance/Grain Marketing

Yoder/U of I

March 4

Effingham

Crop Insurance/Grain Marketing

Yoder/Effingham CFB

March 8

Grayville

Crop Insurance/Grain Marketing

Yoder/Wayne CFB

March 9

McLeansboro

Crop Insurance/Grain Marketing

Yoder/Hamilton CFB

March 10

Aledo

Basic Marketing

Yoder/IFB

March 29

60 Sites in IL/ TBA

Soybean Rust Workshop

Dave Feltes/U of I Ext.

     

 

 

CONTACTS

Name

Phone

E-mail

Illinois Farm Bureau

   

www.ilfb.org

 

Tamara White

(309) 557-3112

white@ilfb.org

 

Doug Yoder

(309) 557-2993

yoder@ilfb.org

University of Illinois Extension

   

www.extension.uiuc.edu

 

Robert Bellm

(618) 692-9434

rcbellm@uiuc.edu

 

Dave Feltes

(309) 792-9434

dfeltes@uiuc.edu

 

Matt Montgomery

(217) 782-4617

mpmontgo@uiuc.edu

 

Elizabeth Wahle

(618) 692-9434

wahle@uiuc.edu

       

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