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Large drop in Brazil soybean rust

Incidences of Asian soybean rust ( Phakopsora pachyrhizi) in Brazil plummeted in 2007/08 compared with the previous season. The number of cases was almost a quarter (24.4%) down to 2,101 by the end of the season, according to the Brazilian soybean agricultural research corporation, the Embrapa Soja. It will carry out a similar analysis each May in order to analyse the effectiveness of the 90-day isolation policy. Farmers are forbidden from planting the crop for 90 days after the previous harvest under the policy.

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