Arkansas Alert Issued for Soybean Rust

STUTTGART, AR - Agriculture officials say Asian soybean rust has spread to a number of Arkansas counties and that many growers should prepare to treat their soybeans with a fungicide.

The rust has been found in counties scattered across much of the state.

The disease is spread through the air, and officials say changing weather patterns of late helped the disease move across Arkansas.

Growers in the Mississippi Delta region are advised to begin treating their fields, providing the beans are at the right growth phase.

Extension Service plant pathologist Dr. Scott Monfort says growers should not panic...the disease can be treated with fungicide.

Monfort says growers in affected areas should determine the growth stage and overall condition of their soybean fields to make sure a fungicide application will be beneficial and economical.

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