December 10, 2007


Brazil reports first case of soy rust in 2007-08 crop


The first case of Asia soy rust has been discovered in Brazil's new 2007-08 soy crop in Mato Grosso do Sul state, crop science institute Embrapa said on its web site on Thursday (December 06, 2007).


Embrapa, one of Brazil's leading biotech research institutions, said that soy rust was found on a farm in the municipality of Aral Moreira, close to the Paraguayan border.


Asian soy rust, which is treatable with the use of fungicides, feeds on sugar in the plant's leaves and reduces the plants yield as well as the bean's protein content.


The wind-borne fungus was detected later this year compared to last year, due to long spells of drought in September, October and November leading to later seeding than usual.


Brazil's 2007-08 soy crop is 89 percent planted as of Dec. 4, said agribusiness consulting AgRural on Thursday. AgRural estimates that the 2007-08 soy crop will be 62.3 million  tonnes.


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


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