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Re: [SANET-MG] Dealing with Asian Soybean Rust Naturally
Hola Jose -
Many thanks for taking time to share your thoughts and
notes on Asian Soybean Rust, based on your first-hand
experience and observations in Brazil and from your insights
in the eco-farming tradition.
Indeed, it is a topic of great concern in the organic soybean
industry here in the U.S.
Your final summary that emphasizes a soluble blend containing
various proportions of potassium silicate, micronized sulphur,
copper, boron, and humates is food for thought and further
Fyi, a recent paper in Journal of Phytopathology
showed that essential oil from basil will control the rust
species known as Uromyces fabae.
Fyi, AgraQuest the manufacturer of the Serenade and
Sonata biofungicides, is now marketing a formulation
called Ballad which they are promoting specifically for
soybean rust control. It is a Bacillus pumilus strain.
Fyi, in addition to compost tea there is interest in
advanced recipes based on EM (Effective Microorganisms).
Fyi, there is a homeopathic biodynamic spray called
Fungus Interruptus available in the U.S.
There are a number of products on the OMRI List
that farmers would like to know how effective they
It takes time to find out what works.
It seems that several universities -- Iowa State University,
Michigan State University, University of Florida -- will
examine efficacy of organic control products.
That was kind of you to share from the Brazilian experience.
Jose Luiz M Garcia wrote:
DEALING WITH ASIAN SOYBEAN RUST NATURALLY
Can Brazilian Eco Farmers teach US Eco Farmers any lesson?
by Jose Luiz Moreira Garcia, M.Sc.
Brazil has the largest population of Japanese and Japanese descendants
Maybe that was the reason for me to practice Japanese Martial Arts for
quite a number of years and specially Aikidô. From an early age I got
well exposed to the Japanese culture
living among Japanese farmers in Brazil and practicing JiuJitsu and
Aikido with them.
But what does Aikidô have to do with Agriculture and specially with
The founder of Aikidô, Morihei Ueshiba, also known as " O"Sensei" or
believed that Martial Arts and Agriculture are one and the same and his
students had to endure long hours of agricultural training from very
early in the morning till noon if they wanted to practice Aikidô in the
afternoon classes. O'Sensei Ueshiba was himself a farmer
for quite sometime in Hokkaido, located in northern Japan.
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