According to USDA's Asian soybean rust website the first report of Asian soybean rust (ASR) of the year was made in Texas, but crops are too far along to cause yield damage.
According to the Texas report released today: There are several hundred acres of fall-cropped soybeans in in the Lower Rio Grande Valley has been underway for a few weeks. These soybeans are irrigated. Most of the crop is mature, awaiting harvest. There are still some green fields. Soybean rust was found in one out of three fields checked southeast of Brownsville, in Cameron county. The fields are too far along for rust to be a problem."
So far this year, ASR was found in Lowndes County, Georgia on December 12th, 20011. It was also reported in six counties in Florida on November 30, 2011. So far in 2011, soybean rust has been reported in 22 counties in four states in the United States.
Soybean rust has been found in Georgia (four counties), Florida (16 counties) and in Louisiana (one county) in the continental United States, and in parts of Mexico and Puerto Rico earlier this year with recent reports out of San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas and Veracruz-Llave, Mexico.