Canola School: Getting a handle on verticillium


With any new crop pest or disease, it takes time to understand the problem and to develop best management practices.

It’s been around a decade since verticillium stripe was first confirmed in Manitoba. Both awareness and prevalence of the disease have increased across the Prairies since then, but there are still gaps to be filled in understanding the pathogen’s toll on the Canadian canola crop.

In 2023, verticillium was confirmed in new geographies in Saskatchewan, explains Courtney Ross, agronomy specialist with the Canola Council of Canada in this Canola School episode recorded following her presentation at Manitoba Ag Days in Brandon last week.

“So in 2022 it was mainly a Manitoba problem, and now we have it moving into Saskatchewan,” she notes.

Research into verticillium has also ramped up over the last few years, with new information on how the pathogen interacts with canola plants and best management practices expected in the coming years.

“With it becoming an increasing problem, more producers are voicing their concerns, and therefore it’s being heard at industry level and then being heard at research level,” says Ross. “So we definitely have shifted more focus than we used to on verticillium. There’s not much we can speak to just yet but some really cool stuff will be coming in the next three to five years.”

Check out the interview below for the latest on verticillium stripe from Ag Days with Courtney Ross:

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