Brazil's Rust Attack
Alastair Stewart South America Correspondent
Thu Apr 12, 2012 02:22 PM CDT

SAO PAULO, Brazil (DTN) -- After a couple of quiet years, Asian soybean rust staged a dramatic comeback in Brazil's Mato Grosso this season.

Farmers in the No. 1 soy state struggled to contain the fungus, which attacked with a vociferousness not seen since 2003-04, causing yields to drop and forcing increased spending on crop dusting.

Indeed, rust cost farmers R$740 million (US$404 million) this season, according to the Mato Grosso Agricultural Economy Institute (IMEA).

"Mato Grosso had a good crop in 2011-12, but rust took the shine off what was going to be an excellent year," said Luiz Nery ...

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