Recent reports from the Canola Council of Canada have shown the slow movement of clubroot into previously uninfected areas of Alberta. That information, while concerning, should not really come as a surprise to farmers in the province. Conditions have been optimal for the speed of clubroot in Alberta this year based on the very wet spring. Spring conditions were very wet from Edmonton south this year. Add to that the sea of canola acres across Alberta this year as record acres were planted and you have a perfect storm for the spread of a disease like clubroot.
Murray Hartman is the Oilseed Specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Affairs based in Lacombe Alberta. I asked Murray about the spread of clubroot in Alberta and what producers can do to identify and deal with the disease if they have it.
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