Asiatic rust

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaA soybean disease has caused major problems for farmers in South America. And U.S. farmers need to be ready to handle it when it arrives here, says a University of Georgia expert.Asiatic soybean rust attacks a plant and defoliates it, severely reducing yields or killing the plant, said Bob Kemerait, a plant pathologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”This rust is an impressive and aggressive disease that infects and produces spores very quickly,” Kemerait said. “If it spreads, it could affect a large portion of the soybeans in the United States.”On the moveThe disease has been on the radar screen of the agricultural world for some time now. It has hurt soybean production in Asia, Australia and Africa. By 2000, it had jumped the Atlantic Ocean and landed in South America. It cost Brazilian farmers an estimated $1 billion in damage and control measures in 2003.”It went very quickly from not being a problem to being a major problem in Brazil in about two years,” Kemerait said.Asiatic soybean rust was reported last month to have jumped the equator into Colombia. Models predict it will keep moving north and eventually enter the United States, possibly through Mexico.A storm like Hurricane Ivan, which skimmed the coast of South America earlier this week, could pick it up and give it a much quicker airlift, he said.Handle at a costNo soybean varieties are resistant to this rust. But fungicides can control it, Kemerait said. Soybeans are a higher-value crop in the Midwest. So farmers there protect them with fungicides. Georgia growers usually don’t spray fungicides on soybeans. But this would have to change if this disease entered the state.”There’s no doubt we can handle Asiatic soybean rust in America,” he said. “The concern is how much additional production cost will it take.”Kemerait, UGA plant pathology department head John Sherwood and Extension Service soybean agronomist Phil Jost met this summer with representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Georgia Department of Agriculture to form a first-response plan for Georgia.UGA Extension Service county agents, along with other farm experts in the state, will train to identify and respond to the disease when it arrives.Asiatic soybean rust has at least one natural flaw that will help U.S. growers. It’s a tropical disease. Freezing temperatures kill it. It could spread in the United States during the summer, but it will have to fall back during winter to places that don’t freeze, such as south Florida and Texas.But once it gets to the United States, it will probably stay. “We won’t eradicate this disease when it gets here,” Kemerait said. “We’ll just have to contain and control it.”Other major Georgia crops aren’t at risk to the disease. But one of Georgia’s most infamous plants, kudzu, could be in trouble. The disease attacks and defoliates kudzu much as it does soybeans, Kemerait said.Georgia farmers grew about 250,000 acres of soybeans this year, about 60,000 more than in 2003.last_img read more

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Omeruo’s Leganes emerge Europe’s best financial run club

first_imgKenneth Omeruo’s Leganes have been crowned as Europe’s best-run club financially, edging out Eibar and Celta Vigo to the title. According to a research from Off The Pitch which analysed performance off the pitch from the top clubs across Europe’s major leagues in the 2019 calendar year. Promoted Content7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time Read Also: Napoli seal signing of Victor Osimhen – Report Eibar are now in their sixth season in the top flight of Spanish football and rank second in this list, with no other Spanish club named in the top ten. Ajax, Borussia Dortmund, Burnley, Atalanta, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Napoli complete the top list. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The researched was based upon three key metrics – how well the club managed their operations and assets relative to their outstanding debt, their earnings before taxes and other deductions are taken into account, return on assets and equity ratio. Lega’s four-year stint in La Liga came to an end this month with relegation to the Segunda, with the club’s Primera status ended on the final day and ironically it was Celta – who finished third on this list – scrapping to survival in their place.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

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