Clubroot soil monitoring enters new phase to provide growers with more options

This fall, in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, SaskCanola will be offering the annual clubroot soil monitoring program.

The random survey of fields is being replaced with a broader availability of clubroot soil tests. Retail and private sector agrologists will have the option of testing fields on behalf of farmers. Select rural municipality offices will also have clubroot soil test kits available for growers to pick up. Clubroot will continue to be part of the overall plant disease survey conducted by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture.

Wayne Truman, Chair of SaskCanola, outlines the importance of this new approach in tackling this invasive and costly disease:

“SaskCanola works with all sectors of the ag-industry to provide support to Saskatchewan canola growers. Clubroot is a very invasive plant disease that robs growers of their hard-earned income. Working with everyone in the value chain will help us stay ahead of this disease and protect growers’ bottom-lines.”

The ideal time to test for clubroot is after the fields are swathed, or if straight-cut, when the field is combined, and the galls on the roots of the canola plants are starting to release spores into the soil. Testing kits will be made available from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture regional offices, Plant Health Officers, select rural municipalities and SaskCanola. Private sector agrologists are being contacted and encouraged to work with farmers to ensure that the most at-risk fields are identified and tested so that the spread of the disease can be prevented.

Because this survey is so important to Saskatchewan canola growers, SaskCanola will cover the cost of testing, a value of $100.00.

For more information, media may contact:
Dale Leftwich, Communications Coordinator
Phone: (306) 745-7321

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