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Specialists advised farmers to look out for soybean fungus

KENNETT, MO (KAIT) – Crop specialists in the Midwestern United States advised area farmers to be on the lookout for soybean crop diseases.

Excessive summer rainfall and abnormally mild temperatures put late-season soybean growth at risk.

Diseases such as Asian Rust and White Mold thrive in cool, wet weather and under thick plant cover.

Doctor Michael Milam with the Dunklin County Extension Office has seen areas of vascular disease, but White Mold has not been spotted in the boot heel this season.

Harvest season is only weeks away, but Milam advises farmers to remain vigilant.

"Beans planted behind the wheat," said Dr. Milam. "That's much later so it would be more prone to have more disease problems and things like that because of the conditions we've had in the last month."

Such diseases are hard to control once spotted, so fungicide application is encouraged. Milam says to contact your local extension office to determine which chemicals are preferred.


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