Plant Disease Identification and Management in Southwest Idaho
Southwest Idaho is a diversified crop production region with a variety of seed and fruit crops, ornamental and nursery plants, which are subject to a variety of biotic and abiotic diseases. Accurate and timely identification of the cause is critical to prevent or minimize losses, and to promote rational use of pesticides. Charactaerization and documentation of new or re-emerging diseases and pathogens is critically important to the agriculture, green industry, and the plant protection personnel. Idaho accounts for over 80% of all the sweet corn seed produced in the U.S. Identification of efficient seed treatments to ensure superior field performance of the seed is critical to the sustainability of sweet corn seed industry in Idaho. Southwest Idaho is the third largest producer of summer storage type onions in the U.S. and, therefore, identifying
cultivars less susceptible to the major diseases like Iris yellow spot and powdery mildew is important to minimize losses to the growers.