June 16, 2009

Brazil's Mato Grosso sees small soy rust in 2008-09

Soy rust cases rose slightly in Brazil's No.1 soy producing state of Mato Grosso during the 2008-2009 soy crop season, said the Soy Producers Association of Mato Grosso, or Aprosoja.


The increase in cases is very small in proportion to the large increase in the number of tests performed this year, Luiz Nery Ribas, Aprosoja's technical specialist, told Dow Jones Newswires Monday.


Aprosoja said that in Mato Grosso the number of cases of soy rust increased 8.9 percent to 329 in the 2008-09 harvest from 302 cases during the 2007-08 harvest.


Mato Grosso's farmers recently completed their soy harvest.


The number of soy leaves that were analyzed during the 2008-09 harvest was 3,183, up 69 percent from 1,881 in 2007-08, according to Aprosoja.


Brazilian soy farmers have become used to soy rust and generally swiftly control outbreaks with pesticides.


Continuing measures such as a periodic freeze on soy growing of any kind during the inter-harvest period and harvest monitoring prevents soy rust from causing damage, said Ribas.


Brazil is the world's No. 2 soy producer, behind the US.

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