Potato Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

beetle on potato blossom; photo by Edwin RemsbergWelcome to Maine Potato Integrated Pest Management (IPM). We provide up-to-date potato insect and disease scouting and forecasting reports to potato growers and industry professionals in central and northern Maine during the potato growing season. Reports are normally posted twice per week, but we will provide more frequent updates should conditions warrant.

The Late Blight Hotline has the latest details on the growing season:
Late Blight Hotline: 207.760.9IPM

If you are not already on our mailing list, you can subscribe to our companion Pest Alert newsletter now distributed via e-mail each Friday during the growing season. To subscribe, simply send us an e-mail and provide us with your e-mail address.

In addition to this website, we have produced a multimedia CD-ROM that can be ordered by sending us an e-mail. There is a nominal $5.00 fee for the CD-ROM to offset our production costs.

For more information about Maine potatoes, visit the Maine Potato Board website. You can also find the current USGS streamflow data on the USGS Water Resources page. The Maine FSA is now online, too, on the USDA’s Farm Service Agency’s website.

About Potato IPM

pest scouts; photo by Edwin RemsbergThe Maine Potato Industry is faced with increasing costs, high demands from consumers for quality, and pest pressures. At the same time, the Industry is trying to reduce pesticide usage, maintain quality, and yields. As a tool to achieve these goals, growers can use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. IPM is a multidisciplinary approach to making crop management decisions, which includes these components:

  • scouting
  • pest identification
  • economic threshold
  • disease identification
  • disease forecasting
  • weed management
  • control strategies
  • safety

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Potato Integrated Pest Management program is an integral and valued part of the Maine Potato Industry. It was initiated in the early 1970s by Extension Specialist staff under a special USDA grant. The pilot program of the 1970s has now grown into a sophisticated, multidisciplinary approach to controlling pests.

For more information about the Maine Potato IPM Program, please call 207.764.3361 or 1.800.287.1462 (in Maine) or email extension.aroostook@maine.edu.