Trap Catches to August 20, 2021.
The numbers of aphid vector species decreased significantly this week. The number of trap locations reporting decreased by 25%, but the number of vectors recovered decreased by 75%.
The numbers of all vector species but Buckthorn aphids decreased this week, as did the number of non-vector species. The lower number of vectors resulted in only a small increase in the PVY Vector Risk Index.
Our aphid population dynamics are very different from last year. In 2020, a late season increase in vector numbers drove the PVY Risk higher. It seems this year we are seeing an early decrease in vector numbers. Compare the graphs below. The first is the 12 regional year average weekly vector capture. The second is the regional weekly vector capture to this point in 2021. It remains to be seen if the pattern continues, but the high temperatures and drought this season may have driven both plant host and aphid populations along faster than in previous years. Just a guess at this point...
If It's Green, Then By Aphids It Can Be Seen!
Yes, I know, that one's coming back to haunt me....
Scouting for aphids in potatoes: