Southern corn rust infestations higher in North Carolina this year

From Southeast Farm Press

A combination of wet weather in early July and cooler than normal temperatures in the middle of the month has worked to increase the level of Southern corn rust in North Carolina.

The disease was reported in mid-July in in at least 10 North Carolina counties – Beaufort, Craven, Greene, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Pamlico, Tyrrell, Wayne and Wilson.

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Southern corn rust found in eastern North Carolina

From Southeast Farm Press

Southern Corn Rust has been found in Lenoir and Wayne counties in eastern North Carolina and farmers need to scout their fields and be prepared to make a fungicide application, according to researchers at North Carolina State University.

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Frogeye leaf spot advancing in Southern soybean fields

In Delta Farm Press

Frogeye leaf spot (FLS) activity as been increasing in southern soybean fields. And with reports of resistance to some fungicides and difficulty in distinguishing frogeye from other leaf spots and disease, it is harder to control.

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Late-planted soybeans may be more prone to diseases

In Southeast Farm Press

Soybeans were likely planted later than ever this year, and over a large geographic area in the Upper Southeast.

And North Carolina State University Plant Pathologist Steve Koenning says some of these beans may be exposed for longer periods of time to more than usual disease pressure.

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Soybean rust outbreak thwarted by warning system and weather

Editor’s note: the reference to the timely updates and observations about when best to spray, toward the end of this page, refers to a national system called the ipmPIPE. The ipmPIPE began with soybean rust, but now there are PIPEs for other crops. For more information about the ipmPIPE and what crops have similar alert systems for pests or diseases, go to ipmpipe.org.

Story by Roy Roberson

Soybeans and wheat made an awesome economic combination for growers in the Southeast this past growing season, creating plenty of optimism for profits from this year’s beans and optimism for planting more of the crop in 2013.

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