ASA and Doane Launch SoyRAP to Help Growers Combat Soybean Rust

May 24, 2005

The American Soybean Association (ASA) has teamed-up with Doane Agricultural Services Company (Doane) to launch the Soybean Rust Advisory Program (SoyRAP), a new online resource designed to be the foremost web site for advice about the prevention and treatment of soybean rust.

"While there are many web sites that will tell you where soybean rust has been confirmed, SoyRAP tells you how this might impact the crop in your area, what you should do to protect your soybeans and how this might impact the soybean market," said ASA Chairman Ron Heck, a soybean producer from Perry, Iowa.

This unique resource, available at, utilizes a nationwide network of Crop Consultants who will monitor the progression of confirmed soybean rust outbreaks in the U.S. and provide growers with fungicide application recommendations based on regional analysis. Plus, Doane’s chief economist will provide information about the impact on soybean markets.

"The information provided by SoyRAP can help producers protect their soybean crop," said Doane President Lynn Henderson. "To help avoid costly mistakes this year, growers should regularly monitor the advice offered by our network of soybean rust experts."

The SoyRAP also includes government and industry news stories regarding soybean rust. It contains key information on crop protection tools like fungicides and seed treatment. In addition, there are links to state soybean rust resources and to the web sites of BASF, Bayer CropScience and Syngenta, official sponsors of SoyRAP.

"SoyRAP is the perfect complement to the efforts of the U.S. Department of Agriculture," Henderson said. "Working with official information from USDA about the presence and spread of soybean rust, SoyRAP will provide vital details to farmers about the action steps needed to address soybean rust."

"SoyRAP is a free service that provides an easy to use online format," Heck said. "SoyRAP is something every soybean grower needs to help combat soybean rust."