Searching For Rust
By: Jason Lindsey
Ballard County, KY -- As the heat bakes Heartland crops, farmers keep an eye out for something even worse.
It's called soybean rust and it hasn't hit the Heartland yet, but in recent weeks extension agents found mysterious spores in a
Ballard County Extension Service agent Tom Miller discovered the spores in one of ten Kentucky spore traps. Here's how the trap works, a slide is coated with vaseline and as the wind blows spores through the Heartland they get stuck.
Miller checks this spore trap once a week. Two weeks ago plant pathologist at the