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Asian soybean rust found in Texas

Agriculture.com Staff 08/28/2006 @ 8:12am

Asian soybean rust is now infecting a field of commercial soybeans near where rust was found on kudzu a week ago in Liberty County, Texas, according to www.stopsoybeanrust.com.

"Soybean rust has been detected in Group 5 soybeans at R8 in Liberty County. This field is about seven miles to the east of the diseased kudzu in Liberty County. No rust seen in nearby soybeans or in kudzu to the north," Texas A&M University's Tom Isakeit said in yesterday's Texas state commentary. "There have been scattered thunder showers during the past week, but hot, dry weather will not support rapid development of an epidemic in the next few weeks."

In an e-mail to other soybean specialists, Isakeit said the rust was at high incidence in the field, which was planted in April and is due to be harvested soon.

Regarding disease management, Isakeit said preventative treatments are a good idea for growers near Sunday's rust confirmation.

"At this time, I am not recommending preventative applications of fungicides except for Group 6 or Group 7 soybeans in eastern Liberty County that are not at R6 yet. We will monitor the progression of rust in Liberty County and work closely with the growers there to determine the appropriateness and timing of fungicide applications," he said. "Growers in other areas of the state should continue to monitor for rust."

Commercial soybeans and sentinel plots in southern Texas are approaching maturity or are being harvested. Group 5 soybeans in Liberty County are at R7 to R8, while group 7 soybeans are at R2 to R6.

Asian soybean rust is now infecting a field of commercial soybeans near where rust was found on kudzu a week ago in Liberty County, Texas, according to www.stopsoybeanrust.com.

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