As an incentive to use integrated pest management, the Washington State Potato Commission will provide free pest management supplies to the state's potato growers.
IPM involves a systematic approach, which includes scouting combined with physical, cultural, biological and traditional control measures, according to a news release.
Among the supplies offered free are yellow sticky cards for psyllid and leafhopper monitoring, delta traps for tuberworm monitoring, magnifying classes and small cloth beat sheets.
In addition, the commission distributes laminated pest identification cards.
Identifying the pest or physiological is one of the basic tenets of IPM.
Once the problem is identified, then you can choose the best remedy.
The supplies and cards can be picked up at the commission's office, 108 Interlake Road in Moses Lake.
Growers also can participate in a regional monitoring program that helps them track key pests and population dynamics.
The program includes email alerts for those who sign up to receive them.
For more information, visit www.nwpotatoresearch.com.