Additional Fields Present Clubroot Symptoms in Saskatchewan

October 31, 2018 – Visible symptoms of clubroot have been confirmed in 37 Saskatchewan canola fields across the northern agricultural regions to date. The area where clubroot has been confirmed has expanded outside of crop districts 9AE, 9AW and 9B (2017 findings) to include crop districts 7B, 6B, and 5B. All growers will be contacted and advised to follow the protocol outlined in the Saskatchewan Clubroot Management Plan. Fields with visual symptoms were identified either through the clubroot survey or were reported to the Ministry of Agriculture by Saskatchewan growers, agrologists, or rural municipalities. 

In response to clubroot detections in the Fall of 2017, and to better understand the scope of clubroot in the province, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture led an extensive clubroot survey in 2018. The in-field portion of the survey recently concluded, and soil testing is underway at the laboratory, which will provide additional information about the distribution of the clubroot pathogen. Once testing is complete, a clubroot distribution map will be released by early 2019 to raise awareness of the distribution of clubroot in Saskatchewan. If clubroot is found outside of the survey, growers and agronomists are asked to contact the Ministry before the end of the year so that additional locations can be added to the map to ensure it is as representative as possible. Specific locations of fields with clubroot presence will not be shared publicly.

“Knowing that clubroot is present is valuable information as it will enable producers to make informed clubroot management plans,” Ministry of Agriculture Plant Disease Specialist Barb Ziesman says. “If clubroot is found early, it can be managed much more effectively with minimum impact on yield.”

As Saskatchewan growers complete post-harvest field work and formalize their seeding plans for 2019, it is important they consider growing clubroot resistant varieties and extending their crop rotation, remain vigilant about minimizing soil movement and scouting their own fields for clubroot.

“SaskCanola is fully supportive of the Ministry’s efforts in conducting the clubroot survey to formulate a distribution map,” says Doyle Wiebe, SaskCanola Chair, “our goal is to help canola growers prevent the introduction of clubroot into new areas and, where already present, to help them take steps to mitigate the disease.”

For more information about clubroot and its prevention and management, canola growers can visit clubroot.ca or contact their local Canola Council of Canada Agronomy Specialist, the Provincial Plant Disease Specialist, or the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377.

For more information, media may contact:
Ellen Grueter, Communications Manager, SaskCanola
egrueter@saskcanola.com
306-380-4016

SaskCanola is a producer led organization, established in 1991 and supported by some 23,000 levy-paying Saskatchewan canola producers. SaskCanola’s mandate is to grow producer prosperity through research, advocacy and market development.