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Paraguay soybean fallow policy renewed

The Paraguayan authorities have informed soybean growers that the 90-day isolation period set two years ago for Asian soybean rust ( Phakopsora pachyrhizi) prevention will be enforced again this year. The national plant health and seed quality service, the Senave, issued resolution No 71/11 in April 2011, setting a period between soybean harvest and new planting as a preventive method against the disease ( Agrow No 616, p 21). All living soybean plants are to be destroyed during the interval. Other crops may be planted in that period. The policy is similar to the one that has been successfully implemented in Brazil for the past few years ( Agrow No 570, p 16).

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