UPDATE from USDA: A 10th Florida county -- Marion -- is now listed as positive for soybean rust on kudzu in 2006. The Marion County infection was found by the same team that scouted and found the positive locations in nine other counties last week, but was confirmed and officially reported just today.

The team's intensive scouting resulted in positive finds of soybean rust in 10 Florida counties: Polk, Duval, Leon, Alachua, Pasco, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lee, Marion and Gadsden. Polk county was the only one of the 10 counties with no soybean rust finds in 2005.

The counties were reported positive as of Jan. 17 and Jan. 20 on the USDA soybean rust site. There are now 11 counties positive for soybean rust in 2006: the 10 in Florida and the first one of the year in Montgomery County, Alabama.

SOURCE: www.sbrusa.net.