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Integrated Pest Management for Potato Production

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IPM PotatoIntegrated pest management (IPM) is an environmentally responsible and economical way to protect a crop. It is a management intensive approach that uses several different tools to control pests. A combination of biological, chemical, cultural, physical, and genetic tools are used to minimize risks to the environment and public health as well as result in a quality, economoically produced crop.

This 164 page, full color publication is available to all potato farmers on PEI and can be picked up at each of the District Offices: O'Leary, Summerside, Charlottetown, Montague and Souris.

The Best Management Practices for Integrated Pest Management for Potato Production was produced and funded by the Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

To order a copy, please contact the Agriculture Information Desk at
1-866-PEI FARM or e-mail . There will be a charge of $35.00 (plus taxes plus shipping & handling) for the publication.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Introduction to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Section 2: Introduction to the Potato

Section 3: Potato Production
  • Canadian Seed Certification Program
  • Variety Development & Selection
  • Physiological Age
  • Seed Preparation
  • Potato Planter Management
  • Soil Fertility and Management
  • Soil Conservation and Improvement Strategies
  • Nutrient Management Strategies
  • Pesticide Application
  • Sprout Inhibitors, Top-killing, and Disinfectants
  • Harvest
  • Storage
Section 4: Potato Identification and Scouting
  • Pest Identification
  • Monitoring and Scouting
    • Insect Monitoring
    • Weed Monitoring
    • Record Keeping
    • Economic Injury Level and Economic Thresholds
    • Pest Management Techniques
    • Preventative
    • Cultural
    • Mechanical
    • Biological
    • Chemical
  • Maximizing Pesticide Efficiency
  • Pesticide Safety
Section 5: Weed Pests of Potatoes
  • Weed Identification
  • Weed Lifecycles
  • Thresholds
  • Weed Control Strategies
  • Common Weeds of Potatoes in PEI
Section 6: Insect Pests of Potatoes
  • Beneficial Organisms
    • Beauvaria Bassiana
    • Stink Bugs
    • Spined Soldier Beetles
    • Lady Beetles
  • Insects that Damage Foliage
    • Aphids
    • Tarnished Plant Bug
    • Potato Flea Beetle
    • European Corn Borer
    • Colorado Potato Beetle
  • Insects that Damage Tubers
    • Wireworms
Section 7: Disease Pests of Potatoes
  • Fungal Diseases
    • Late Blight
    • Early Blight
    • Gray Mold
    • White Mold
    • Pink Rot
    • Verticillium Wilt
    • Fusarium Dry Rot
    • Fusarium Wilt
    • Pythium Leak
    • Black Dot
    • Rhizoctonia
    • Skin Spot
    • Potato Wart
    • Powdery Scab
    • Silver Scurf
    • Phoma Rot
    • Seed Piece Decay
  • Bacterial Diseases
    • Bacterial Ring Rot
    • Black Leg
    • Bacterial Soft Rot
    • Pink Eye
    • Common Scab
  • Viruses, Ciroids, and Phytoplasmas
    • Potato Spindle Tuber Viroid
    • Aster Yellows/Purple Top
    • Mosaic, PVY, PVA
    • Potato Leafroll Virus
Section 8: Other Potato Disorders
  • Root Lesion Nematode
  • Northern Root-knot Nematode
  • Clover Cyst Nematode
  • Physiological Disorders
  • Foliar Disorders
  • Tuber Disorders
Acknowledgements and Biblioraphy
  • Photo Credits
  • Referemces
  • Websites of Interest
  • Glossary



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  • Definitions
  • History of IPM
  • Components of an IPM Program
  • Benefits of IPM
  • Measurements of Success
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