As of 3 p.m. CDT, eight new U.S. counties have been confirmed to have Asian soybean rust infections today. The U.S. total is now 80 rust-positive counties and parishes in eight states.

In North Carolina, rust was discovered in soybeans in six counties: Beaufort, Craven, Edgecombe, Jones, Lenoir and Scotland, bringing the state total to 10 positive counties.

In South Carolina, soybean rust was found in a commercial field in Clarendon County that had been sprayed the week before. South Carolina now has 17 positive counties.

Florida found rust for the first time ever (in 2005 or 2006) in Suwannee County in a soybean sentinel plot. Also, the first rust this year in a commercial soybean field in Florida was found in Jefferson County, already positive with a find in kudzu earlier this year.

SOURCE: State commentaries on