Planting corn in Texas is 15% complete compared to 9% normally. This is a general indicator of how mild conditions have been this winter in the south.
Dr. Clayton Hollier, LSU plant pathologist, is concerned with the amount of locations, eight parishes along the Louisiana coast, with rust found on kudzu and also on a 6 inch tall volunteer soybean plant. The farm needs to be more aware of the year’s soybean rust reporting as the season progresses. The reason for this increased interest is the amount and location of overwintering fungus and the possibility of more spores than normal, this early in the growing season.