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Drought conditions restrict risk of SBR in Arkansas
Author: Travis Faske, Extension Plant Pathologist

Since SBR was detected close to a month ago no new positive samples for SBR have been found in the state.  Although SBR has continued to spread in the southeastern US where conditions have favored disease development, limited rain and high temperatures in the Southeast Arkansas where it was initially discovered this year, have restricted the development of rust.  Though rust has been found across the river in Mississippi,  the long range forecast of dry weather in the Mid-South will continue to limit the spread of SBR; thus, it is unlikely SBR will be detected in other areas of the state until rain and cooler temperatures return to the region.  Here you will find the full report for September 2, 2013.

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