Agriculture: Potato Pest Management Guidelines

Calico

  • Alfalfa mosaic virus (AMV)
  • Symptoms and Signs

    Calico symptoms on potato appear as pale to bright yellow or blotching of leaves. Some strains cause severe stunting and necrosis of stems and tubers. Dry, corky areas or rusty brown patches develop within tubers.

    Comments on the Disease

    Alfalfa mosaic virus is transmitted by many species of aphids. Transmission of the virus is most likely to occur when aphids migrate into potato fields from nearby alfalfa or clover fields, the usual hosts for this virus. Infection often occurs on edges of fields located near alfalfa. Little or no secondary spread occurs within the potato field.

    Management

    Plant certified seed tubers and avoid planting near alfalfa or clover.

    Text Updated: 03/19