Agribusiness Report: August 19

By Melissa Dawkins, KCRG-TV9

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa-Some experts are worried the Kudzu plant, an invasive species, could harm soybean yields in years to come. Experts say it’s one of the major factors in soybean rust development, a disease that can kill the plant. Three of Iowa’s border states already have a Kudzu presence. Experts say changes in weather patterns are letting the Kudzu plant move in to new territories. Kudzu was introduced to the United State for ornamental purposes and erosion control in the late 1800s. The Agricultural Research Service says the plant can be turned into a biofuel.

The Pro Farmer tour is now underway. The 22nd annual tour started Monday. It takes scouts to fields from Ohio to South Dakota as they try to calculate yields across the cornbelt. The full trip is 25,000 to 30,000 miles, with stops every 15- to 18-miles.

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