Pests and Diseases

Study shows PVY costs Idaho $34 million

Spud yield losses caused by potato virus Y cost Idaho’s economy about $34 million per year, according to results of a recently completed economic impact study by University of Idaho agricultural economist Chris McIntosh. The estimate includes $6.5 million in lost wages from 184 Idaho jobs that would otherwise be filled if not for PVY. McIntosh estimates direct losses to Idaho’s economy caused by PVY at $19.5 million, and indirect losses at $14.5 million. Based on his findings, McIntosh advises growers, “You need to be sure to not only look at current-season test results on seed lots but also ask for winter test results and make sure there wasn’t a differential between summer and winter tests.” More