Tag: Mike Harding

Canola School: Genetic Diversity and the Fight to Protect Clubroot Resistance

Visible clubroot symptoms were first identified in a canola field in Alberta in 2003. It has since spread through much of the province, and by the end of 2014, it was present in 30 municipalities and into neighbouring provinces. It was also that year, that a pathotype of the disease observed the year earlier was confirmed… Read more »

Canola School: Reporting New Clubroot Infestations in the Fight Against the Disease

It’s certainly not a disease you want to find in your fields, but if you do, there are good reasons to talk about it — specifically, report it — says Michael Harding, research scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “If it’s the first time clubroot’s been found in the field, by reporting it, you can get… Read more »

What Killed Your Canola? It Pays to Find Out

Blackleg, a fungal disease of canola, is getting away with murder. That’s right, murder. This fall, dead, brittle canola plants at swathing or harvest are being attributed, sometimes very wrongly, to sclerotinia infection when, in fact, blackleg is to blame. It’s likely been happening for years, Clint Jurke, agronomy specialist with the Canola Council of… Read more »