News February 2019

APHIS announces additions, removals from PCN infested areas in Idaho

On Nov. 5, 2018, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) added a 147-acre field to the pale cyst nematode (PCN) infested area in Bingham County, Idaho. APHIS took this action based on the confirmations of PCN cysts in soil samples from a potato production field in Bingham County received on Nov. 2, 2018. This action brings the number of PCN-infested fields to 29 and the infested area to 3,277 acres.

In addition to this new detection, APHIS is removing approximately 757 acres of fields from regulation. These fields were regulated due to their associations with infested fields.

They have since completed a release protocol comprised of sequence of surveys with negative laboratory results for PCN. These actions reduce the total regulated area in Idaho to 7,554 acres, including the 3,277 acres considered infested.

In accordance with the PCN regulations, APHIS has applied safeguarding measures on the interstate movement of PCN-regulated articles from this area.

APHIS will follow-up with a notice of this change to the regulated area in the Federal Register. The specific PCN-regulated areas can be found on the USDA APHIS website. 

Source: Spudman magazine