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Brazilian soya rust lowest for five years

Brazilian soybean farmers have Asian soybean rust ( Phakopsora pachyrhizi) under control, researchers say. Incidences of the disease are down on the last five years, anti-soybean rust corporation, the Consorcio Antiferrugem, reports. The Ministry of Agriculture co-ordinated corporation says that 526 incidences had been reported by mid-February. It notes that farmers in some states are close to harvesting. In the last harvest, detections were some 78% higher at 2,370. Detections were only about 8% lower in Parana state. Researchers cite farmer controls and the influence of the La Niña weather system to have contributed to the reductions. “The lack of rains delayed planting and consequently the appearance of rust, while farms have carried out their own controls,” researcher Cláudia Godoy says.

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