Pests and Diseases

US: Sanitation trailers kept PCN program on track

Pressure-washing trailers built to aid growers facing special regulations for pale cyst nematode arrived in the nick of time last fall, PCN program coordinator Tina Gresham said during a recent update on efforts to eradicate the pest in eastern Idaho. In 2012, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service began allowing growers with non-infested, regulated fields to wash and sanitize their own equipment, and to certify their own work, upon completing training. The Idaho Potato Commission obtained a $50,000 farm bill grant to build sanitation trailers, which were made available for regulated growers to use at no cost in 2013. “These trailers give them autonomy they don’t have when they have to make appointments with the PCN program and work within our schedule,” Gresham said. More