LANCASTER, Ohio — Ohio growers can now get the latest on soybean rust — its detection, management and prevention— with the quick touch of a phone button.
Ohio State University Extension's Fairfield County office has activated a Soybean Rust Hotline that provides growers with the latest on soybean rust developments. The information can be obtained by calling (740) 653-5419 and keying in extension number 22 when the automated system picks up. The service is available 24 hours a day, and is updated as often as new issues arise concerning the disease.
"One of the things we are trying to emphasize to our clientele is that this hotline effort is especially targeted to those who may not yet have access to the Internet but need the timely information," said Stan Smith, an OSU Extension program assistant for Fairfield County. "Sometimes we find that we rely so much on the Internet to relay information, that we forget that we have a lot of clientele that don't yet have access to it. We are hoping the hotline solves this issue for those without the Internet, or who don't have time to frequently check it while doing spring field work."
Additional information regarding the Soybean Rust Hotline can be accessed on OSU Extension Fairfield County's Web site at http://fairfield.osu.edu/. Information on soybean rust and Ohio State's involvement in research and education of the disease can be obtained by logging on to Ohio State's Agronomics Crop Team Web site at http://agcrops.osu.edu/soybean/.