Idaho PCN Quarantine Announcement Expected Aug. 28

According to a release from the Potato Growers of Idaho, a quarantine of areas affected by the potato cyst nematode is expected today.

The quarantine is expected to include only two counties in eastern Idaho that are near where PCN was found.

PCN was first found in an Idaho field June 13, and a second confirmation was made from a nearby field July 28. More than 6,700 tests conducted since the original finding have been negative for PCN.

On Aug. 22, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns announced an additional $13 million for survey costs and equipment to fight the spread of PCN. About $1.5 million had already been allocated, bringing the total to nearly $15 million.

The latest information will be posted on the Spudman Web site as it becomes available.

Originally posted Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006