USDA scientists confirmed last week the presence of Asian soybean rust on kudzu leaves collected near Dayton, Texas, in LibertyCounty. This is the first rust sighting in Texas ever, said Tom Isakeit, Extension plant pathologist at TexasA&MUniversity.

It also becomes, by far, the western-most county with rust ever in the United States. The find brings the U.S. rust-county total to 122 in eight states.

Here's information from Isakeit's commentary on www.sbrusa.net and conversations with StopSoybeanRust.com:

Nov. 10: Soybean rust was confirmed in a patch of kudzu outside Dayton, Texas (LibertyCounty). Positive ELISA results were reported by Dr. Larry Barnes of the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in College Station on November 4 and subsequently confirmed by USDA-APHIS using PCR today.

This is the first confirmed report of this fungus in Texas (despite rumors earlier this year).

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