Idaho Crop Alerts Network
Idaho Crop Alerts Network

Disease monitoring for sustainable crop protection

Idaho Crop Alerts Network
Idaho Crop Alerts Network

Disease monitoring for sustainable crop protection

Idaho Crop Alerts Network
Idaho Crop Alerts Network

Disease monitoring for sustainable crop protection

Idaho Crop Alerts Network
Idaho Crop Alerts Network

Disease monitoring for sustainable crop protection

Idaho Crop Alerts Network
Idaho Crop Alerts Network

Disease monitoring for sustainable crop protection

Idaho Crop Alerts Network
Idaho Crop Alerts Network

Disease monitoring for sustainable crop protection

Idaho Crop Alerts Network
Idaho Crop Alerts Network

Disease monitoring for sustainable crop protection

Risk Monitoring
Foliar disease risk monitoring is a service provided by the University of Idaho to Idaho potato growers. The objective of the program is to provide growers with up-to-date information to help them make timely and...
News
Here you will find the latest news crop production in Idaho. This may include crop alerts on disease outbreaks or disease risk warnings.
Publications
Here you will find the most recent publications on potato and cereal diseases published by the Idaho Crop Alerts Network pathologists at the University of Idaho. This may include links to popular press articles, newsletters,...

Welcome to Crop Alerts

Welcome to the Crop Alerts website. This website is part of the University of Idaho’s Idaho Crop Alerts Network and was established with funding support from the Idaho Specialty Crops Block Grant Program and the Idaho Potato Commission. Funding for the Idaho Crop Alerts Network has also been provided by other Idaho grower commodity groups, such as the Idaho Wheat and Barley Commissions.

Researchers at the University of Idaho have developed an early warning system to alert growers to the risk of potato diseases based on state-of-the-art spore detection technology, weather data and scouting reports. The network was established in 2018 with the purchase of 15 Burkhard multi-vial cyclone samplers that are situated in the main potato growing areas in southern Idaho and operate from May to September. Currently in Idaho, foliar pathogens are managed on a calendar based schedule often with no knowledge of the local optimum conditions for disease development or if spores are present in the area at the required threshold for disease development. Recent developments in spore sampling technology and molecular diagnostics mean that airborne spores of these pathogens can be detected prior to disease development. Our spore sampling network, coupled with disease-weather models, will provide a powerful tool to warn Idaho growers of disease risk, thereby allowing early treatments or conversely alleviate the need for unnecessary treatments in the absence of disease pressure.

The objective of this website is to provide growers with reliable up-to-date information on foliar disease risk using a combination of spore detection and weather data. Field scouting and insect monitoring will also be used to provide up-to-date information on other potato diseases. Reliable up-to-date information will also be provided on the identity, biology and disease cycles, and current control methods for diseases of potatoes and other agricultural crops in Idaho.

This website has been setup by the University of Idaho Potato Pathology program and is part of the University of Idaho’s continuing commitment to helping growers improve the way they manage their businesses, with an emphasis on integrated crop management, education and safety.

Featured Posts

The 2020 Southern Idaho Small Grains Report is now available
The Idaho Small Grains report for 2020 is now available here. Professor Juliet Marshall, the lead author on the report said, "The report provides first glimpse...
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Researchers map late blight strains on Java, Indonesia
Researchers at the University of Idaho have mapped the strains of Phytophthora infestans causing late blight in Indonesia.
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Potato seed piece health management
It’s time to start thinking about acquiring seed and planning for planting season. This article discusses ways to keep your seed disease free and in tip top condition for planting.
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