BOISE, Idaho-The University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences has added four publications on potatoes to the late-winter lineup of its Educational Communications unit.
A 130-page "Field Guide to Potato Pests"-a practical, pocket-sized guide to the weeds, diseases, nematodes and insects that affect Idaho's world-famous crop-can be purchased for $5 plus shipping and handling by calling Educational Communications at 208-885-7982 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Written in both English and Spanish, it includes photographs of the crop stages during which each pest is likely to attack and is intended to increase early identification of pests by field workers.
"Cultural Management of Western Russet Potatoes" and "Storage Management of Western Russet Potatoes" can be downloaded from Educational Communications' online catalog at http://www.info.ag.uidaho.edu/.
Western Russet is a medium- to high-yielding multi-purpose potato released in 2004 by the USDA Agricultural Research Service and the agricultural experiment stations of Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The publications offer storage recommendations based on two years of testing at the University of Idaho's Kimberly Research and Extension Center as well as research-based information on managing seed, planting, nutrients, irrigation, weeds and diseases.
"Wireworm Biology and Nonchemical Management in Potatoes in the Pacific Northwest"-one of a series of organic potato production bulletins developed by Oregon State University personnel and 11 growers-is available both online and in print.
It reviews the scientific literature on wireworm and provides information on wireworm biology, monitoring, risk assessment and nonchemical control options that can be integrated into a variety of production systems. As a 20-page printed publication, it costs $4.50 plus shipping and handling.