SBR is really taking hold in southern and northeast Alabama, and also in parts of Georgia, Florida and South Carolinia. However, there is limited activity in the Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi at this time. For example, a report I received today from Mississippi State University’s Dr. Tom Allen indicated that SBR is “hard to find” in that state. He attributed that outcome to rather dry conditions across much of that state during the last month. I see no immenent SBR risk for KY at this time. Thus, our risk continues to be very low. Most of Kentucky’s full season soybean crop is now out of the woods now in terms of risk – they are just too far along and SBR could not develop fast enough to hurt them - but doublecrop beans still could be significantly affected if we were to find rust in the next couple of weeks (which is very unlikely in my opinion).
We are continuing to monitor five sentinel plots for SBR. I will let you know if there are any changes to the status quo.