It’s an unfortunate thing, but farmers in each of the Prairie Provinces must think about clubroot this spring and throughout the growing season. While it’s still overwhelmingly most common in the Edmonton area, clubroot spores have been confirmed in both Saskatchewan and Manitoba fields. For those more acquainted with the threat, soil testing is one… Read More

Canola is big business in Alberta, so the spread of canola diseases like blackleg, clubroot and most recently, aster yellows is taken very seriously by both industry and producers. How those diseases are transmitted and spread becomes a source of discussion and speculation as well. At this point it becomes incredibly important to separate fact… Read More

The Edmonton area of Alberta has the unwanted title of “clubroot hotspot,” as this is where the disease first took hold. The incidence map has grown each year since clubroot was confirmed in canola in 2003.  Then, not long ago, viable spores were detected in Saskatchewan soils. Last week, the Manitoba government confirmed viable spores… Read More

It was only a matter of time before clubroot infection or viable clubroot spores were found in Manitoba soil, still it’s not welcome news. Manitoba’s provincial ag department released this press release today, underscoring the importance of spread prevention (Click here for a Canola School on the topic):   Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives… Read More

Clubroot has been a major discussion in Alberta the past few years.   With best management practices developed and breeders trying to solve the issue through genetics, clubroot is receiving research dollars and attention from the industry and farmers. Check Out the Canola School Alberta Agriculture has released an updated clubroot map for the province which is… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More