The important insect pests attacking potatoes in South Dakota must be controlled if a good or even a fair yield of potatoes is to be harvested. Many different species of insects attack growing potato plants in the state, but the insects of major importance do not form a long list. It is not necessary for the grower to be able to recognize the minor potato insects, but it is a distinct advantage to be able to recognize the major species. Further, it would be profitable if the potato grower would familiarize himself with the life cycle and seasonal h}story of each of the major insects attacking potatoes, and with the general appearance of the various stages in the life cycle of these pests. It is important to know where each stage of the insect is to be found, how the feeding stages obtain their food, and of what their food consists. It would also be profitable for the potato grower to know the number of generations that are produced by each of the major insect pests and the different kinds of food plants besides potatoes that are used. And finally, it is imperative that a grower be able to recognize the particular type of injury that is done by each of the important harmful insects.
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Severin, H.C., "Recommendations for the Control of the Most Important Insect Pests of Potatoes in South Dakota" (1951). Agricultural Experiment Station Entomology Pamphlets (1940-1952). 15.