Biocontrol Nematodes Tested on New York Potato Crops

Northern New York Agricultural Development Program reports that a New York potato grower and biocontrol nematode laboratory owner Mary DeBeer of DeBeer Seed and Spraying will make a trial application of biocontrol nematodes grown to reduce the population of wireworms that damage the roots, sprouts, and tubers of potato crops. “Our biocontrol nematode applications on multiple organic farms in New York and Canada have resulted in reduced wireworm damage to root crops and reduced soil populations of wireworms. With this application in northern New York, we would expect some protection in year one with full activity of the biocontrol nematodes in the potato field in year two,” said a Cornell University entomologist who advised the trial project.