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Soybean rust raises Brazil agchem costs

The rising costs from treating the mounting infestation of Asian soybean rust ( Phakopsora pachyrhizi) in Brazil are “alarming”, national media report. The cost of fungicide use against the disease is expected to rise by almost half (45.5%) to nearly R$1,500 million ($830 million at the current rate) with detection up six-fold this season against last, newswire Agrolink reports. It cites soybean grower association Aprosoja chief agronomist Luiz Nery Riba. He notes that 2.5 applications/ha were applied on 5.8 million ha in 2008/09, and estimates 3.5 applications/ha on a slightly larger 6 million ha area this season. That would make an increase in applications from 14.5 million to 21 million. Late sales of fungicides for use against soybean rust boosted the national market to over $6,500 million in 2009 ( Agrow No 584, p 15).

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