A free, pocket-sized soybean rust ID card, “Identifying Soybean Rust,” is available for soybean growers throughout the country from Ohio State University. Funded through Ohio Soybean Council soybean check-off dollars and federal grants, the ID card is the result of a collaborative effort between USDA, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and 22 land grant universities, including Ohio State University Extension.

The photo-laden, color ID card outlines soybean rust symptoms and differences to similar-looking foliar diseases, such as bacterial blight, bacterial pustule, downy mildew, frogeye leaf spot and brown spot.

Both English and Spanish versions of the ID card can be obtained by contacting Ohio State University research and Extension plant pathologist Anne Dorrance at (330) 202-3560, or by e-mail at dorrance.1@osu.edu.

To view the ID card, visit the following OSU Web site and click on “Soybean Rust ID Card” under the heading, biology: www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/ohiofieldcropdisease/soybeans/soybean_rust.htm.