Florida officials have reported soybean rust at a sentinel soybean site in MartinCounty. This is the first report on soybeans planted in 2006, according to USDA's Soybean Rust Web site.
MartinCounty is located in southeastern Florida near West Palm Beach. Even with this find, Florida officials feel the overall spore production in the state is still low. Many of the Southern states were experiencing hotter and drier than normal conditions reducing the likelihood of viable spore dispersal.
Scouting has intensified in soybean sentinel plots especially in the south as soybeans reach maturity. Most of the soybean sentinel plots have been planted throughout the country with plants in some early planted plots starting to reach maturity. Scouting continues on kudzu patches from Florida to the north as far away as Nebraska.
Soybean rust was found on June 14th in Miller County, Ga. in the southwest corner of the state on kudzu. This site was previously found to have rust during the winter months.
Rust has been confirmed in five counties in Alabama, 12 in Florida, four in Georgia, and one in Texas.