This project is designed to address the unpredictable occurrence of viruses in cool season legumes in the Palouse region and to help producers manage risk of infection and yield loss associated with these viruses. It has been in operation since 2009 and includes data collected since 2007.
In 2017, we expanded the information provided to include results of surveys for legume viruses in fall-flying pea aphids and in a few experimental plots of fall-planted pea, anticipating the greater adoption of fall planting in the coming years. In 2016 and 2017, some plants were found to be infected by either Pea enation mosaic virus or Bean leaf roll virus. We are seeking cooperators for this work. If you are planning to plant peas this fall (2018), we are ready to come monitor your field and the aphids that may arrive there for viruses.
To communicate project activities and findings to industry, we rely on this website and presentations at grower meetings including the regional cereal schools and the Western Pulse Growers Association annual meeting. We are always looking for ways to improve what we provide through this site and welcome input and questions by email, in person visits (Ag. Science Bldg. Rm 235, University of Idaho), and by phone: 208-885-2972.