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Monitoring Populations of Aphids and Leafhoppers in Snap Bean Fields in Western New York 2003

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Principal Investigators: Arlie McFaul, Vegetable Specialist, Lake Plains Vegetable Program

Christy Hoepting, Vegetable Specialist, Lake Plains Vegetable Program

Alan Erb, Vegetable Specialist, Lake Plains Vegetable Program

Cooperators: Brian Nault, Dept. of Entomology, NYSAES-Geneva

Dave Walthew, Lake Plains Vegetable Program Summer Assistant

Alan Erb, Vegetable Specialist, Lake Plains Vegetable Program

Roger Ward, Snap Bean Commodity Manager Birds Eye Foods

Scouts, fieldmen, private consultants who work in snap and dry beans

Several snap bean growers in Western New York

Type of Grant: Monitoring, forecasting and economic thresholds

Project Location: Western New York

Abstract: Viruses transmitted by aphids caused great devastation in many snap beans in western New York in 2001. In 2002, viruses were detected again in snap bean fields, but there was little affect o yield. The main goal of this project is to continue to obtain a better understanding of the pest pressure and geographical distribution of aphids over the growing season through monitoring and networking techniques. This project involved monitoring in-field populations of aphids and leafhoppers throughout the season and evaluated the efficacy of the commercial application of Gaucho seed treatment to control aphids and leafhoppers in snap bean fields throughout western NY.

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