Canola School: What Has Clubroot Taught the Canola Industry?

The clubroot problem is growing, and it’s not a matter that can be avoided any more. So what has the canola industry at large learned from clubroot? I discussed the clubroot issue with Clint Jurke of the Canola Council of Canada and found a number of things that we’ve learned from the experience.

First, we have found that geography is not immunity, you are not immune because you are outside of an impacted area. Those areas were unaffected once as well.

Secondly, we see that the sanitizing and cleanliness of equipment is incredibly important in prevention of the spread of the disease. Any measures taken are better than none at all.

Thirdly varietal selection is very important especially in at risk areas. Catching clubroot early is also important in dealing with the disease and to keep it from spreading.

Finally, working with your local municipality is critical in monitoring the spread of clubroot and working on prevention and containment. I spoke with Clint Jurke at the Farm Forum Event in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  clint and discussed the prevention strategies and what we now know after looking back at the past years.  The strategies have not changed but how we appraoch them has over time.

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Shaun Haney

Shaun grew up on a family seed farm in Southern Alberta. Haney Farms produces, conditions and retails wheat, barley, canola and corn seed. Shaun Haney is the founder of RealAgriculture.com. @shaunhaney

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