Sunday, October 28, 2007

Soybean Rust Found in Western Illinois

Soybean rust won't be an issue this year, but it might well be in the future as the disease makes it's way to more northern climates. It was recently found in Western Illinois.

Soybean rust has been found a farm field south of Macomb, only the second location in Illinois this year.

"It's kind of like finding a needle in a haystack," Loretta Ortiz-Ribbing, a University of Illinois Extension specialist in crop systems in Macomb, said.

Soybean rust is a major soybean disease that was discovered in the United States in late 2004. The disease can cause premature defoliation and even extensive yield losses for farmers.

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