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Who's afraid of soybean rust? Not Ohio

"Soybean rust has been reported on soybeans in the southern U. S.  for the first time this year, but it’s unlikely that Ohio soybean growers will have to worry about the disease this growing season," according to a Ohio State University press release.

“The first outbreak was reported in Texas on June 10, on the border with Mexico. Current predictions for other southern states is that they won’t begin to detect it for another 4 weeks at the earliest because of unfavorable weather conditions for the disease to spread,” said Anne Dorrance, an Ohio State University Extension plant pathologist with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. “As a result, for Ohio, we are at a very low risk for soybean rust to develop this season.”

“What was most impressive last year was the amount of rust that built up in the southern states at the end of the season,” said Dorrance. “In addition to soybeans, the amount of kudzu that was also infected is also a growing concern. However, the good news is that not all kudzu is susceptible to the current strains of soybean rust we have right now. In addition, this past winter was so cold in the southern states that much of the kudzu was frozen for a long time, thus taking out both kudzu and soybean rust.”

Dorrance said that 'even if soybean rust were to arrive in Ohio late in the growing season, it might not be much of an issue for growers. Any potential threat would occur after harvest or well beyond pod-fill. In addition, soybean rust does not overwinter, so any inoculum would die off.'

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Re: Who's afraid of soybean rust? Not Ohio

Not to worried about it in north east missouri. We hardly have any beans in the ground and if it keeps raining we will be done for the year. lol what a year.

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