A hot, wet December was just what the soybean crop in Brazil's top-producing center-west region needed. And that's what it is getting.
But the humid conditions are also promoting the spread of the deadly Asian rust fungus
The first confirmed cases among commercial crops were reported in Mato Grosso and Goias at the start of the month and instances are now expected to multiply quickly as the crop hits the later stages of development.
In total, Brazil has registered 47 cases so far this season, up from 27 at the same stage last year. So far, many of the cases ...