SOYBEAN RUST FOUND ON AUBURN CAMPUS
AUBURN, Ala. -- Asian soybean rust has been confirmed in east-central Alabama on the Auburn University campus in a sentinel plot.
Ed Sikora, an Extension plant pathologist at Auburn, said central Alabama farmers with soybeans beyond the R-1 stage, and especially those in south Alabama, should consider a fungicide application.
The Auburn discovery is the farthest north rust has been found in 2005. Even though it's of low intensity, and there aren't other reports outside Baldwin County, growers should apply a fungicide, Sikora said.
In late June, rust was confirmed in Baldwin County. The disease isn't moving as fast as officials had feared, but they caution producers to stay alert. A hotline for producers can be accessed at 1-800-774-2847 (BUGS).
A map showing general locations of the sentinel plots is available on the Alabama Soybean Rust website at: www.aces.edu/dept/soybean/soybean_rust.