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Clubroot Information Shared At CanolaPalooza

The third annual CanolaPalooza event in Saskatoon this week covered a lot of topics including Clubroot.
 
Barb Ziesman, a Plant Disease Specialist with the Ministry of Agriculture, says clubroot is a soil-borne disease so producers should try to minimize any soil movement and scout their fields for the disease.
 
In 2018, the clubroot pathogen was found in 43 canola fields in Northern Saskatchewan.
 
Ziesman says clubroot is not widely found in Saskatchewan, so it’s still in a limited number of fields.
 
“That means we actually have an opportunity for prevention. We can prevent the spread and the introduction into new fields. On that side, we need to start thinking about bio-security and limiting that possibility of introducing the pathogen.”
 
Producers should be cautious when entering fields to not transfer soil by knocking it off implements and vehicles and make sure anything coming in from fields known to be contaminated is cleaned properly.
 
Ziesman says canola producers should also look at extending their crop rotations in an effort to prevent the disease.
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