On Friday, soybean rust was confirmed for the first time ever in Iowa as a case was found in Dallas County in central Iowa.
Iowa was not the only place new findings of rust were found on Friday; 14 new counties made rust discoveries. Pickens County in Alabama; Burke, Sumter and Toombs counties in Georgia; Calhoon, Colleton, and Georgetown counties in South Carolina; De Soto and Tunica in Mississippi; Kingfisher County in Oklahoma; the second case ever found in Kansas was confirmed in Labatte County; and two additional counties were added to the list in Missouri with findings in Lawrence and Vernon counties.
Friday's explosion of rust brings the 2007 total for rust confirmations to 156 counties in 14 states. Current weather models predict further spreading of rust in the Midwest. To track Asian soybean rust, click HERE.