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Mar 1, 2013 8:59 AM by AP

Asian soybean rust showing up earlier than usual

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The LSU AgCenter says Asian soybean rust is showing up earlier and in more places than usual.

Plant pathologist Clayton Hollier (OH-yay) says it has shown up in eight parishes, mainly along the coast, and in 6-inch-high "volunteer" soybean seedlings. He says that indicates that the fungus can survive through a mild winter.

The disease is known to attack more than 100 host plants, with soybeans and kudzu the most susceptible.

It was found Jan. 2 in kudzu on Perkins Road in Baton Rouge.

The early start means soybean growers may need to use fungicides earlier than usual.

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