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Jdaviso
Mar 25, 2017 11:11 AM CST
So this is the first year I'm trying potatoes. I planted them about 3 weeks ago and was starting to get concerned that they didn't sprout above ground so I dug one up. On the top it looked just like when I planted it but when I turned it over I noticed a bunch of white worm/maggot looking things eating into the bottom. I will try to add a picture. What are these and what should be done? Thanks.
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Tisha
Mar 27, 2017 1:09 PM CST
@billyporter and/or @McCannon what`s up with this potato? Maggots, wireworms?
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McCannon
Mar 27, 2017 1:41 PM CST
Two kinds of worms that bore into potatoes are tuberworms http://mtvernon.wsu.edu/path_t...
and wireworms http://mtvernon.wsu.edu/path_t...
Notice that they are both segmented. Based on the picture, the worms resemble maggots and it's possible that the potatoes already had them inside. I'm no potato expert and someone else may have a better explanation.
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sooby
Mar 27, 2017 1:57 PM CST
No potato expert either but they do look like maggots. The question is whether the potato rotted and that attracted the maggots, or whether the maggots (or something else, like maybe wireworm) attacked the potato first.

The seedcorn maggot (larva of the fly Delia platura) is known to attack potato pieces, there's some info here:

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/crea...
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Mar 27, 2017 6:44 PM CST
Any of this helping? Let us know please. Whistling
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Philipwonel
Mar 28, 2017 8:09 AM CST
Your going to need to treat soil to get rid of worms. Then, you can replant.
PS : seed potatoes can be cut into 3 to 5 pieces, with at least one eye each peice. One eye, one plant.
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