Friday, July 15, 2022


Trap Catches to July 15, 2022.

Aphid vector captures remain behind those of last year, although trap captures are slightly increasing.  We started to see our first grain aphids and some other species, like thistle aphids, are starting to show up as well.  

Both Corn Leaf and English Grain aphids were recovered this week, indicating aphid movement from grains is starting.  Thistle aphids and Buckthorn aphids were recovered from a couple of traps.  Potato aphids and Cotton/Melon aphids are still present, and soybean aphids seem to be more widely distributed, although numbers are still low.    

Overall, the seasonal aphid abundance remains relatively low.  Early rains and wetter conditions than last year may be keeping populations down.  So a good thing to this point. 

Keep scouting, we'll keep counting...

Scouting for aphids in potatoes:

- Select leaves from the lower to mid canopy. Start at the edge of the field.
- Lower, older leaves will have more established colonies and aphids prefer the balance of nutrients found here; aphids are rarely found on leaves in the upper canopy.
- Avoid leaves on the ground or in contact with the soil.
- In seed potatoes there is only a threshold for PLRV (10 aphids/100 leaves), reactive application of insecticides an effective control for PVY.
- The use of feeding suppressing insecticides, such as pymetrozine (Fulfill®) or flonicamid (Beleaf®) and refined crop oils, such as Aphoil and JMS Stylet Oil, at or prior to field colonization by aphids may reduce the transmission of PVY within fields. Some other insecticides, such as clothianidin (Belay®), imidacloprid (Admire Pro® or Provado®), and spirotetramat (Movento®), have also been demonstrated to reduce the transmission of PVY.
- In table stock potatoes, a treatment threshold of 30 aphids /100 leaves should deter yield loss due to aphid feeding.

The PVY Risk Index Index
Not all species of aphid are equally efficient at transmitting PVY, some are better than others (green peach being the most efficient vector of PVY).  So, the total number of aphids in a trap don't necessarily reflect just how much vector pressure there is at that location.  The PVY Vector Risk Index compares aphid numbers, incorporating their relative vector efficiency compared to the Queen of PVY vectors (green peach aphid!).  Using averaged reference comparisons from the literature, we multiply the number of each aphid species captured by its efficiency compared to Green Peach Aphid to more accurately depict risk posed by the species being trapped.  We then sum the totals.  The PVY-VRI values are presented on the tables below but also on maps comparing current cumulative risk to the total risk from the sample sites of last year (to compare with your local winter grow out results).

Click on any image below for full-scale version.

Cumulative PVY Vector Risk Index to July 15, 2022

Cumulative PVY Vector Risk Index to July 16, 2021 (please note different scale) 

Aphid Species Capture and PVY Vector Risk Index for the week ending July 15, 2022

Cumulative Aphid Species Capture and PVY Vector Risk Index to July 15, 2022