June 22, 2010

No soy rust found in Mississippi

Asian soy rust has not yet been found in Mississippi this growing season, reported Tom Allen, Mississippi State University Extension and research assistant professor in Stoneville, Mississippi, on Sunday (June 20).
''To date, the only soy rust that has been detected in the US has been in southern Texas about two miles north of the border with Mexico,'' Allen said in his report.
''Over the past few weeks, conditions throughout much of Mississippi have not been conducive for the development of the disease. At present, sentinel plots are coming along nicely, with most plots in the R-5 growth stages.
''Typically, by this time of the year, several other states have detected the disease but conditions through the winter likely eradicated much, if not all, of the fungus responsible for causing soy rust from the Gulf Coast states.

''We are continuing to scout soy (both commercial and sentinel plots) as well as kudzu throughout Mississippi,'' he added.

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