When early-season insects attack crops, they can damage and reduce
yield in their wake. In addition to physical damage from feeding,
some insects damage potatoes through transmission of plant viruses.
The green peach aphid is particularly important because of its ability
to transmit potato viruses that cause significant economic losses.
According to the USDA, the problem of economic loss due to the
green peach aphid can cost millions of dollars each year.
In addition to the green peach aphid, early-season insects, such as
wireworms, beetles, aphids and white grubs, can severely damage
seed pieces and tubers. I recommend you first accurately identify all
the insects in your fields, as this is important in understanding and
developing an Integrated Pest Management strategy. Strategies
include incorporating a seed treatment insecticide/fungicide, such
as CruiserMaxx™ Potatoes, following strict scouting guidelines and
being prepared to apply registered foliar insecticides if needed.