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The Ontario Soybean Rust Coalition—“Partnership of key soybean stakeholders”

Presenter: Albert U. Tenuta(1)

Other authors and affiliations: Crosby J. Devitt(2), Jeanine Moyer(2). (1)Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ridgetown, Ontario, Canada; (2)The Ontario Soybean Growers, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

The Ontario Soybean Rust Coalition (OSRC) was formed to respond to the eventual introduction of Asian soybean rust into Ontario and Canada. The OSRC is a partnership of key soybean stakeholders encompassing extension (government), producers, researchers, and equipment and chemical company representatives. These partners are not only committed to collect, compile, and disseminate information and resources to tackle this debilitating crop disease but to provide a “unified” voice concerning soybean rust to not only Ontario producers but soybean producers in other provinces as well. The coalition has undertaken various activities to prepare producers, extension, consultants, and the Ontario soybean industry with the necessary resources and decision support tools to effectively and successfully manage this new invasive plant disease. These activities range from holding Soybean Rust Information Workshops, producing rust identification and management materials, distributing Managing Soybean Rust With Fungicides manual, holding Rust Management Seminars/Field Days, and developing a Canadian Soybean Rust web page (www.soybean.on.ca), scouting cards, and many others. The proactive approach by the OSRC helped respond and alleviate producer and industry fears once the disease was confirmed in Ridgetown, Ontario (October 2007). Coalition members include the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ontario Soybean Growers, University of Guelph, BASF, Bayer CropScience, Dow AgroSciences, E.I. du Pont Company, Laresco Monsanto, Pioneer Hi-Bred Limited, Syngenta Crop Protection, Syngenta Seeds, and John Deere & Company. Funding for this project was provided in part by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Agricultural Adaptation Council’s CanAdvance Program.

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