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Soybean Rust Discovered in Georgia

posted on April 29, 2005


The Agriculture Department this week confirmed the presence of Asian Rust on volunteer soybeans in southwestern Georgia.

USDA received notification Wednesday from the state of Georgia confirming the presence of the fungus on volunteer soybean leaf samples taken in Seminole county, Georgia. Last year, Georgia produced 8.3 million bushels of soybeans on 240,000 acres.

Soybean rust is spread primarily by wind-borne spores capable of being transported over long distances. The fungus has significantly reduced yields in other parts of the world.

USDA supports a comrehensive soybean rust web site. It is located at: www.usda.gov/soybeanrust.

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