NEWS
Brazil Soy Farmers Control Rust So Far
Alastair Stewart South America Correspondent
Tue Mar 5, 2013 09:46 AM CST

SAO PAULO, Brazil (DTN) -- Brazilian farmers appear to have done a good job controlling the dangerous Asian soybean rust fungus so far this season.

Despite wet weather providing ideal conditions for the fungus in Mato Grosso and environs, close monitoring and timely spraying have generally limited rust's spread.

So with 37% of Brazil's record crop harvested, farmers have reported just 419 cases, according to the Anti-Rust Consortium, a public-private partnership set up to monitor the fungus.

While this year's figure is higher than the 260 cases registered at the same point last year, when drought hampered the fungus' spread, ...

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