Soybean Rust Threatens Crops

By: Dana Arquilla
By: Dana Arquilla

James Hall has been a farmer most of his life. Each year he plants and harvests 35 acres of soybean plants.

But Halls' crop is facing a threat from a foreign invader called soybean rust.

Soybean rust is an airborne fungus that originated from South America. It made its way to Florida, riding on hurricane force winds.

Researchers are trying to find a way to eliminate the rust before it wipes out the cash crop.

You may not notice a shortage of soybean products at the grocery store now, but if the rust gains a foothold here in America, many products including baby formula may get expensive, or worse, difficult to find.

Soybean rust doesn't just affect soy beans. It can also kill other crops like southern peas and string beans.


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