Potato Health Management - 2nd edition

Edited by Dennis A. Johnson 
APS Press  2007  

Softcover  272 pp, 149 colour illustrations  ISBN 9780890543535      £78.00
Complete update of the bestselling first edition

The first edition of Potato Health Management was best-selling title in the APS PRESS Plant Health Management Series, with more than 7,000 copies sold. Pest and pathogen populations have changed since the first edition was printed and a significant amount of new research knowledge has been gained. This new book addresses those changes and contains up-to-date information recently acquired to help you economically manage potato health.

This highly-anticipated manual tackles the hundreds of problems that affect this important crop including weeds, insects, nematodes, fungi, bacteria, phytoplasmas, and viruses. The new edition is 30% larger than the first and contains more color photographs, which are now interspersed throughout the text. It includes timely new chapters on economics, home gardening, and organic production.

More than 40 experts from the fields of soil science, weed science, nematology, plant pathology, and entomology explain how to manage potato health from seed to storage by a holistic approach. The book provides the most current information on potato production practices, with an emphasis on pest and disease management. The knowledge base provided in this text can be integrated into a comprehensive management scheme in the context of today's agriculture. Using this manual€s integrated strategy for potato health management will help you produce a quality product at a reasonable profit, using an environmentally friendly approach.

It is easy to read and understand on two levels. Call-outs of important concepts give quick information to supplement the more-in-depth level of peer-reviewed information. Nearly every chapter includes a boxed briefing on an important concept, helpful test, diagnostic tip, or checklist, adding to your practical understanding of potato health management strategies. The information in each of the book€s 23 chapters is essential to a successful, holistically managed potato health management program.

Cutting edge discussions and details on soil health, managing tubers during harvest and in storage, organic potato production, pesticide resistance management, pesticide application, management of diseases, insects and weeds affecting potato will enlighten commercial potato growers, field consultants and farm advisors, extension specialists, agriculture students, researchers and agribusiness professionals in all aspects of the potato industry. The 42 contributing experts are from the leading potato research facilities in the United States and Canada, but the information in the handbook will provide valuable practical assistance to potato professionals outside of North America as well.


Chapter 1 Potato Health Management: A Holistic Approach
What Is Potato Health? Management of Potato Health Principles of Holistic Potato Health Management Building a Holistic Health Management Plan

Chapter 2 Checklist for a Holistic Potato Health Management Plan
Management in Years Prior to Growing Potatoes Management Prior to Planting Management During the Growing Season Management During Harvest Management During Storage

Chapter 3 Soil Health: Managing the Soil Microflora to Enhance Potato Health
How Can Soils Be Managed to Enhance Pathogen Suppression and Potato Yields? Outlook for Management of Soil Microbial Communities Key Principles

Chapter 4 Economics of Potato Plant Health
Total Yield Curve Some Production Economics Basics Summary

Chapter 5 Selecting and Preparing the Planting Site
Field Selection Crop Rotation Field Preparation

Chapter 6 Quality Seed: Seed Improvement, Cultivar and Seed Lot Selection, and Certification
Cultivar Selection Based on Market Requirements Disease-Resistant Cultivars Cultural Requirements and Seed Condition History of Seed Potato Certification Production of High-Quality Seed: Requirements of a Seed Farm Limited-Generation Programs Certification System

Chapter 7 Seed Tuber Health Before and During Planting
Planning and Preparation Before Seed Delivery Accepting Delivery and Handling Seed Managing the Seed-Cutting Operation Planting the Crop Summary

Chapter 8 Managing Potato Fertility
Integrated Nutrient Management Systems Determining Fertilizer Requirements Fertilizer Application Strategies Nitrogen Management Phosphorus Management Potassium Management Sulfur, Calcium, and Magnesium Management Micronutrient Management

Chapter 9 Potato Health from Sprouting to Harvest
Fertility and Water Management Growth Stage I: Sprout Development Growth Stage II: Vegetative Growth Growth Stage III: Tuber Initiation Growth Stage IV: Tuber Bulking Growth Stage V: Tuber Maturation

Chapter 10 Maintaining Tuber Health During Harvest, Storage, and Post-Storage Handling
Tuber Quality Managing the Harvest Operation Maintaining Tuber Health Through the Storage Cycle Maintaining Tuber Health During Post-Storage Handling

Chapter 11 Organic Potato Production
Field Selection and Crop Rotation Soil and Nutrient Management Managing Weeds Managing Insects and Rodents Managing Diseases Managing the Crop During Harvest and Storage Checklist for Organic Potato Production

Chapter 12 Managing Potatoes in the Home Garden
Site Preparation and Nutrients Planting and Culture Managing Weeds Managing Insect Pests and Diseases Harvest and Storage

Chapter 13 Applying Pesticides
Application Methods What Application Method Should Be Used?

Chapter 14 Managing Pesticide Resistance
Recognizing Resistance Strategies for Proactive Management of Pesticide Resistance Factors Affecting the Development of Pesticide Resistance What to Do in Cases of Confirmed Resistance

Chapter 15 Managing Insect and Mite Pests
Overview of the Most Significant Pests Management Prior to Planting Management During Planting Management During Growth Stages I to III: Sprouting to Tuber Initiation Management During Growth Stages IV and V: Tuber Bulking and Maturation Management During Harvest and Storage Management in Years Prior to Planting

Chapter 16 Managing Aphids and Leafhoppers
Aphids Leafhoppers Management Strategies Summary

Chapter 17 Managing Diseases Caused by Viruses, Viroids, and Phytoplasmas
Diseases Caused by Viruses Diseases Caused by Phytoplasmas Management Strategies

Chapter 18 Managing Soft Rot and Ring Rot
The Soft Rots Bacterial Ring Rot Brown Rot Management Strategies

Chapter 19 Managing Diseases Caused by Seedborne and Soilborne Fungi and Fungus-Like Pathogens
Diseases and Pathogen Biology Management of Seedborne and Soilborne Pathogens Summary

Chapter 20 Managing Diseases Caused by Nematodes
Root-Lesion Nematodes Root-Knot Nematodes Potato Rot Nematode and Potato Cyst Nematodes Sting Nematodes and Stubby-Root Nematodes Diagnosing Nematode Problems Management Strategies

Chapter 21 Managing Foliar Diseases: Early Blight, Late Blight, and White Mold
Early Blight Late Blight White Mold Management Strategies

Chapter 22 Managing Weeds
Weed Types Weed Identification and General Management Strategies Integrated Weed Management Summary

Chapter 23 Managing Physiological Disorders
Tuber Physiological Disorders Plant Physiological Disorders Management Strategies


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