Cultural and Physiological Studies of Potatoes
New potato varieties are gaining in acreage because they offer improved yields and quality, with reduced requirements for fertilizer and pesticide inputs. Information on the physiological response of new varieties to stress would help increase the understanding of traits associated with stress resistance. Despite the fact that interactions among systemic pesticides are well documented in crops such as soybean and corn, little effort has been made to evaluate these interactions in potatoes. Therefore, systemic insecticides and herbicides need to be evaluated for their influence on pest control and yield in potatoes. This project will evaluate new potato cultivars for adaptability to southwest Idaho and develop management information to help growers more effectively adopt new cultivars. This research will also provide specific recommendations on
which systemic pesticides may interact to reduce pest control or impact potato yields.