Soybean rust can sneak up on you

Laws, Forrest
April 2005
Southeast Farm Press;4/13/2005, Vol. 32 Issue 11, p1
Trade Publication
The article stresses the importance of precautions to avoid soybean rust. On the surface, Asian soybean rust does not appear to be the sort of thing that could cost a soybean farmer his farm. But looks can be deceiving, and farmers in Brazil and Africa who did not take the disease seriously at first have found out just how damaging it can be. Yield losses of 40 to 60 percent have not been uncommon, and crop losses of 100 percent have been reported. Asian soybean rust has caused disruptions for farmers in most of the places where its spores have landed. Since soybean rust has become endemic to Brazil. 30 percent of the acreage has changed hands, according to sources there.


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