Brazil state boosts soy fallow inspections
Authorities in the major soybean growing state of Mato Grosso have increased inspections by almost half of the policy of leaving land fallow, newspaper Diario de Cuiaba reports. The plant health agency, the Indea, carried out work at 1,700 farms across the state, issuing 286 notifications, and 85 fines and penalties. The 90-day isolation period between soybean harvest and planting has run since 2006 in order to reduce the incidence of Asian soybean rust (Phakopsora pachyrhizi). It has been extended this year to 107 days, running from June 1st to September 15th. A commission had sought a longer extension. There are almost 5,000 soybean growing farms in the state. Indea plant health co-ordinator Ronaldo de Assis Medeiros says that the system has ensured a reduction in fungicide applications and a lowering of production costs.