Soy void begins this Saturday (08) in Mato Grosso

Period prohibits any vegetative stage of soybeans, aiming to reduce the occurrence of Asian rust

07.06.2024 | 16:54 (UTC -3)
Letícia Haddad Schurings
Photo: Disclosure
Photo: Disclosure

The Agricultural Defense Institute of the State of Mato Grosso (Indea) reminds all soybean growers that the soybean fallow period for the 2024/25 harvest will begin this Saturday (08/06), ending on September 06th. This anticipation, established by Ordinance SDA/Mapa No. 1.111 of the Ministry of Agriculture (Mapa), changes the traditional schedule, which predicted the start for the second half of June.

The 90-day sanitary gap is a crucial measure for preventing Asian rust in soybeans, caused by the fungus Phakopsora pachyrhizi. This disease can cause significant damage to crops, resulting in early yellowing of leaves and stems and impairing grain filling. During this period, the presence of any vegetative stage of soybeans in plantations is prohibited.

During the period during which the sanitary void is in effect, Indea employees will carry out inspections on properties to ensure compliance with the standard. Producers who do not respect the sanitary void will be subject to fines. Last year, 5.864 inspections were carried out and 67 infraction notices were drawn up.

In the 2023/2024 harvest, Indea registered a total of 16.440 soybean production units, covering more than 11,2 million hectares planted and with the registration of 8.898 producers.

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