Soybean rust confirmed in Desha County

ROHWER — A small amount of soybean rust was detected Tuesday in a field near Rohwer, Travis Faske, extension plant pathologist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture said Wednesday.

There are no recommendations to apply fungicides at is time, he said.

“This is the first report of soybean rust this year in the state, and is about one week earlier than 2009, the last time it was reported in Arkansas,” Faske said. “This is the farthest north soybean rust has been confirmed this year in the U.S.”

He said disease severity was low with an average of five pustules per leaflet, and disease incidence was extremely low in this field. He said other small pockets of the disease are likely to be found, “but there is a low risk of disease progression due to drought conditions that cover much of the state and with the forecast for hot, dry weather.”

Plot monitoring will continue, Faske said.

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