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Re: Kudzu invasion!

I apologize for laughing, but what is there to figure out where kudzu is concerned? After all, it is the plant that ate the South. If the State of TN didn't keep after it, it would cross the highway through our town in no time flat. The upside is constant attempts to control it provide a lot of jobs. I had no idea it had any connection with soy bean rust, and there are lots of soy beans grown around here. That must be a recent development.
zone 7
West TN
----- Original Message ----- From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2005 8:00 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Kudzu invasion!

I don't know how they decide to do these things. I suppose they can't track
every stand that pops up, so when they have some identified and accessible,
they'll study it for awhile to help figure out what will happen from the
inaccessible and those they don't find. Still, it will just keep marching
on...I wonder how southern Illinois is doing.
neIN, Z5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Donna" <gossiper@sbcglobal.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2005 6:09 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Kudzu invasion!

Man this paper of yours sure is packed full of wonderful news :(

Since this plant is so well known for taking over the world and associated
other problem...

Can some one tell me why when it hit the Indiana border someone didn't
it with round up ?!? Seems to me it would have been easier to control it
when it first landed there, then now....


> AP story in today's paper:
> "INDIANAPOLIS - Kudzu, that notoriously fast-growing vine that covers
> tracts of the South, has spread its green, choking blanket to at least
> Indiana counties, posing a threat to woodlands and the state's soybean
> industry.
> "Purdue University recently began studying some of the more than 70
> patches
> of kudzu in the southern half of the state after stands of the invasive
> vine
> in Florida were found to harbor a deadly fungus that preys on soybeans.
> "Soybean rust has not yet been found in Indiana, but plant pathologists
> believe it is only a matter of time before the fungus shows up in the
> state.
> The fungus began devastating soybeans in South America three years ago
> reached US fields last fall, spreading as close to Indiana as Tennessee
> and
> Missouri. Kudzu's early leafing vines would provide an early target > for
> the
> fungus' wind-borne spores to infect before spreading to soybeans later
> the season, said Glenn Nice, a weed scientist with Purdue's extension
> service.
> "Earlier this month, Nice and his colleagues visited three
> sites in southern Indiana as the vines were starting to bud. Some had
> diameters of 2 inches and were intertwined with smaller vines to form a
> dense thicket.
> "As part of his research, Nice is interested in whether Hoosier Kudzu > is
> the
> same as the vines found in the South and how Indiana's infestations got
> started [does global warming come to anyone's mind? (Kitty)] Purdue
> staffers will monitor some of the state's kudzu stands for signs of the
> soybean rust fungus throughout the season...."

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