Pathogen & Nematode Management

Pathogens, those infectious organisms that reduce crop yield and/or quality, must be managed to reduce the damage they cause to levels that do not affect farmers’ profitability, but with an eye to maintaining environmental and human health. Alternatives to pesticides, better use of pesticides, and use of better pesticides (less toxic, targeted specifically to pest, lower effective rates, etc.) are all options to increase sustainability.

Featured Pathogen Management Publications

  • Mustard Green Manures

    On-farm research has been conducted since 1999 to determine the benefits of mustard green manures and to improve their effectiveness. They are being used in irrigated regions of Eastern Washington to improve soil quality, control wind erosion, and manage soilborne pests.

  • Apple Replant Disease – Alternatives to Fumigation

    Dr. Mark Mazzola, USDA-ARS Tree Fruit Research Lab, Wenatchee, WA. Website highlighting several publications on Apple Replant Disease.

  • The Effects of Reducing Tillage on Pest Management

    Andy McGuire, WSU Extension. 2007. An increasing number of farmers in the Columbia Basin are adapting reduced tillage systems from other regions to our conditions and crops. This paper will examine the general effects of reducing tillage on the management of weeds, insects, and diseases. Because these systems have been developed mainly in the Midwest and Canada, much of the information presented here is for the conditions and crops (mainly corn and wheat) in those regions. Experience will show what holds true under our conditions.

Additional Pathogen Management Publications

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