The aphid monitoring network, Aphid Alert, lives again....
The network, which ran from 1997 through 2003, was designed to monitor the seasonal dynamics of aphid vectors of viral diseases of seed potatoes. The national epidemic of Potato Virus Y (PVY) has been increasingly impacting marketability of MN & ND seed potatoes. Vector control is an important part of PVY management, but is depedent upon a cleqar understanding of the spatial and temporal dynamics of vector populations. To provide this data to producers in MN and ND, we are re-establishing the Aphid Alert network.
Aphids have already been found in the Crookston location trap and in plots at the NWROC. It looks to be an early year!
Weekly results and updates can be found on: