HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Plan to protect soybean crop is ready

Blacksburg, Va. -- Virginia's soybean growers are worried that a devastating problem -- Asian Soybean Rust -- will strike Virginia's crop, valued at $81 million in 2003. Agricultural leaders, including those in Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, have been working with Virginia growers to ensure they are well prepared to deal with the disease if it occurs.

The disease, which extensively reduced soybean yields in Brazil, was identified in Louisiana last fall and has been confirmed in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

A Soybean Rust Task Force was formed in Virginia several years ago when the danger from Asian Soybean Rust became imminent. The task force's first step to protect Virginia soybeans was to put together a comprehensive plan to minimize losses from Soybean Rust to Virginia's soybean producers.

Educational programs have been held to help Virginia Cooperative Extension agents, crop advisers, growers, and others understand what the disease looks like and what action to take if it is found, said David Holshouser, soybean agronomist at the Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Suffolk, Va.

The task force has also established a monitoring system to identify Soybean Rust and the soybean aphid. The soybean aphid, which also reduces yield in soybeans, has been found in all of the 33 major soybean-producing counties. More than 3,000 acres in Virginia had to be treated in 2004 with insecticide to prevent losses, said Ames Herbert, Virginia Cooperative Extension entomologist at the Tidewater center. The monitoring system will look for both problems.

"Scouts" will work in 80 to 100 Virginia fields from June to September to provide the alert for the early warning system.

Growers also are encouraged to plant "sentinel" plots using varieties that mature earlier. The plots need to be established where they can be seen every day
'"/>

Contact: David Holshouser
dholshou@vt.edu
757-657-6450
Virginia Tech
15-Mar-2005


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Multinational research: protecting ecology means understanding people, too
2. No evidence that widely prescribed statins protect against prostate cancer
3. Rain forest protection works in Peru
4. New study suggests Concord grape juice may provide protection against breast cancer
5. Innovative tagging technique may help researchers better protect fish stocks
6. Einstein researchers prototype vaccine could provide improved protection against tuberculosis
7. Reading ability protects brain from lead exposure
8. Research shows NPD1 protects a key component of vision
9. Drug protects brain cells in Huntingtons disease model, researchers find
10. Preconditioning helps protect brains blood vessels from stroke
11. Throwing motion in young baseball players may actually protect shoulder

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:12/5/2018)... Texas (PRWEB) , ... December 04, 2018 , ... ... supplier, has announced the much-anticipated launch of their 100-liter (26 gallon) SAFEthread Drum. ... SAFEthread Drum in 2017, which brought a much-needed modern redesign to the ...
(Date:11/29/2018)... Calif. (PRWEB) , ... November 29, 2018 , ... ... Technologies, is excited to collaborate with the new NSF Engineering Research Center for ... and clinical collaborators brought together to develop transformative tools and technologies for the ...
(Date:11/27/2018)... (PRWEB) , ... November 26, 2018 , ... ... Dr. Brandon Wuerth, MD, Founder of the website IBDwatch and Gastroenterology Fellow at ... leading scientists and doctors from around the world, Dr. Wuerth will bring to ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:11/13/2018)... ... November 12, 2018 , ... Dr. Dan ... and Sandy Springs, now welcomes new patients for MTM® Clear Aligners. Offering a ... to traditional braces in the Sandy Springs and Alpharetta areas. Constantly on the ...
(Date:11/9/2018)... ... 2018 , ... uBiome, the leader in microbial genomics, announces ... of Andes Biotechnologies, to its Scientific Advisory Board. Joining the board of leading ... on the genetic studies of hepatitis viruses. The appointment will help uBiome continue ...
(Date:11/6/2018)... ... November 06, 2018 , ... Crucial ... trial data collection and management. TrialKit ™, an eClinical platform, has incorporated ... can quickly and easily sign in to the app via facial recognition or ...
(Date:11/3/2018)... Va. (PRWEB) , ... November 01, 2018 , ... ... first-ever Metrics Champion Consortium Summit. Dr. Jean Mulinde, Senior Advisor, Division of Clinical ... manage risk, monitor safety and ensure data reliability. , What should clinical research ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: