Pest Alerts

Pest Alerts

Specific alerts for potatoes and all other crops in southern Idaho can be seen at www.PNWPestAlert.net. Additional information for some can be found below.

 

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Barley Yellow Dwarf virus has been found in many fields in southern Idaho.  Dr. Juliet Marshall and others at the University of Idaho have provided resources to help growers make decisions about whether to grow the current fall crop to maturity, or to take the crop out and plant a spring-seeded crop.

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Soft rot bacteria have caused problems in potatoes for many years. A new species identified as Dickeya has recently been a source of great concern.   

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Late blight was positively confirmed in several counties in eastern Idaho in 2015. This increases the risk of the disease appearing again in 2016. The resources here will help you manage this devastating disease. 

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Stripe rust has been found in many fields in southern Idaho.  Dr. Juliet Marshall and others at the University of Idaho have provided resources to help growers make effective disease management decisions.

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Recent rains have made weed control in potatoes difficult in 2015.  Dr. Pamela J. Hutchinson from the University of Idaho discusses options for managing these weeds.