Canola School: Clubroot sanitation takes time, but is well worth it in the long run

Clubroot. Many producers have the viewpoint of  “We don’t have it in our area, so we don’t need to sanitize.”

This isn’t an alert that clubroot has spread — it’s an acknowledgment that it could come to your area, even if you are in a non-traditional clubroot zone, which is why growers have to be careful about the spread of the fungus.

Autumn Barnes, agronomy specialist with the Canola Council of Canada, tells Kara Oosterhuis in this episode of RealAgriculture’s Canola School, that producers need to stop looking at clubroot in the scope of if it’ll come to your area, but rather when.

Even though you may only just be starting to see the first true leaves on your canola crop, Barnes says this a great time to start scouting.

“The best thing we can do is find clubroot early. When clubroot infects a plant, it rapidly produces a whole bunch of more spores. So we want to keep our spore loads low by finding it very early,” she explains. “Finding it when our clubs are small is crucial.”

To learn more about preventative measures you can take with clubroot, as well as the importance of looking for clubroot resistance varieties for next year, watch our latest Canola School video, below: