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Spores from Asian soybean rust (Phakopsora pachyrhizi) pose a serious threat to soybean production in the United States because they can be blown great distances by the wind.
Editor’s note: the reference to the timely updates and observations about when best to spray, toward the end of this page, refers to a national system called the ipmPIPE. The ipmPIPE began with soybean rust, but now there are PIPEs for other crops. For more information about the ipmPIPE and what crops have similar alert systems for pests or diseases, go to ipmpipe.org.
Story by Roy Roberson
Soybeans and wheat made an awesome economic combination for growers in the Southeast this past growing season, creating plenty of optimism for profits from this year’s beans and optimism for planting more of the crop in 2013.
At a time when the sky would appear to be the limit for Southeastern corn yields, managing diseases becomes even more important, meaning a yield difference of as many as 20 to 30 bushels per acre in some fields.