UPDATE: Soybean rust found in Mississippi

STARKVILLE — Soybean rust has been found in Mississippi.

Mississippi State University plant pathologist Tom Allen says the disease was found in two fields near Thornton in Holmes County last week. Allen says this marks the first report of soybean rust in Mississippi this season.

Soybean rust first appeared in Mississippi in 2004 and has been detected in more counties every year since. In 2008, rust was detected in 49 of the states 82 counties but caused no yield losses.

At this point, Allen says rust hasn’t been detected anywhere else in Holmes County or Mississippi. Allen says the farmer is aware of the situation and has agreed to treat the fields to prevent further spread throughout the Delta.

The Associated Press