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Online warning system saves farmers millions

Agriculture.com Staff 04/18/2007 @ 7:30am

A national warning system, the Integrated Pest Management Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education - IPM PIPE), designed to help soybean farmers protect their crop from Asian Soybean Rust (ASR) has already saved millions of dollars. The warning system provides farmers with information indicating the likelihood of disease presence to make effective decisions. This year the system will offer even more capabilities.

The Web-based system uses pest and crop data from sentinel plantings located from the Gulf Coast to the Canadian border, and from New Jersey to Oregon. Plantings are monitored by agricultural experts, and findings are entered into a national database. Analysis of maps generated from that data along with weather information can inform farmers and farm advisors if the soybean rust disease is likely to affect their crop.

For more information, visit the Web site at www.sbrusa.net.

A national warning system, the Integrated Pest Management Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education - IPM PIPE), designed to help soybean farmers protect their crop from Asian Soybean Rust (ASR) has already saved millions of dollars. The warning system provides farmers with information indicating the likelihood of disease presence to make effective decisions. This year the system will offer even more capabilities.

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