Rust Devastates Guatemala’s Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers

Outside the northern Guatemalan town of Olopa, near the Honduran border, farmer Edwin Fernando Diaz Viera stands in the middle of his tiny coffee field. He says it was his lifelong dream to own a farm here. The area is renowned for producing some of the world’s richest arabica, the smooth-tasting beans beloved by specialty coffee brewers.

“My farm was beautiful; it was big,” he says.

But then, a plant fungus called coffee rust, or roya in Spanish, hit his crop.

“Coffee rust appeared and wiped out everything,” he says.

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Grower alert: Frogeye leaf spot now in Alabama soybeans

In Southeast Farm Press

by Paul Hollis

Frogeye leaf spot (FLS) has been observed in numerous fields in central and north Alabama in recent days, according to Ed Sikora, Auburn University Extension plant pathologist.

The disease, he explains, is caused by the fungus Cercospora sojina and can infect leaves, stems and pods of soybeans.

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It’s time to scout peanuts in Georgia

In Southeast Farm Press

by Mark Abney, University of Georgia entomologist

Spider mites have been reported on a number of crops including vegetables and cotton since this spring, and as conditions continue to be hot and dry in many locations, we are beginning to see populations jump in peanut.

The two spotted spider mite is a challenging pest to control. It thrives in hot, dry conditions where it completes development in as little as seven days at 81 F. Female mites can lay up to 100 eggs over several weeks, so it is easy to see how infestations can go from light to heavy in a very short period of time.

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