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Montevideo, December 17th 2018 - 19:26 UTC

Tag: soybean fields

  • Saturday, December 23rd 2017 - 09:46 UTC

    Chemicals less and less effective against Asian rust in Brazil's soybean fields

    There is mounting concern that fungicide use on soybeans -- Brazil’s biggest crop -- may have reached a limit, at least until new chemicals are developed.

    Over almost two decades, a plant disease known as Asian rust has infiltrated soybean fields across Brazil -- the world’s biggest exporter of the versatile oilseed used in countless consumer products. But the pathogen has become so resistant to chemicals meant to kill it that many farmers spray several times during their growing seasons, and still endure output losses.