The Colorado potato beetle can cause significant losses in potato crops. The Pacific Northwest Pest Management Handbooks provide tips to help potato growers manage Colorado potato beetle populations.
Due to the pests’ tendency to overwinter near places where potatoes were planted in the year prior, growers can generally predict the emergence of the Colorado potato beetle with the aid of degree day models. Because the newly emerged beetles are not heavy feeders, it is best to apply insecticide treatments at the first and second instar stages of the first generation. Good crop rotation practices are also an important management method.
For excellent control of Colorado Potato beetle and other harmful potato pests, Syngenta recommends Minecto® Pro insecticide, a broad-spectrum, foliar insecticide that harnesses the power of two complementary active ingredients.
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