Clubroot map released

By Alice McFarlane
January 11, 2019 - 1:43pm

The provincial government has released a map showing the spread of a serious canola plant disease in Saskatchewan. 

A clubroot survey discovered symptoms in 43 canola fields and the pathogen in soil from another three fields. That number is up from 37 the previous year.

The most serious cases were found in the northwest part of the province. Clubroot was also found in the Saskatoon and Rosetown districts as well as northeast of Yorkton.

Saskatchewan agriculture minister David Marit said the survey shows where the most serious cases are located.

“This is really an education and awareness process.  We want to work with farmers. At the end of the day.  We want to bring this disease under control,” Marit said. “We want to work with the farmers. We’ve worked with the Saskatchewan canola group and we’ve also worked with the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities.”

The agriculture ministry says clubroot is a soil disease so farmers should avoid moving dirt from one field to another.

As well, farmers are advised to plant canola only once every three years in the same field.

About 1,500 fields were tested as part of the survey last summer and fall.

 

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