Clubroot has been found in the Peace region of Alberta, specifically in Big Lakes County.
Alberta Canola is working with the Canola Council of Canada and its extension partners to reinforce grower awareness of the clubroot management fundamentals rotation and sanitation.
If clubroot has not yet been found in your community that does not mean it is not present. A buildup of clubroot spores eventually leads to visual symptoms, yield loss and reduces the durability of variety resistance.
These five management tips will help prevent spore build up and help maintain the durability of resistant varieties:
- Grow clubroot resistant varieties. If clubroot is present in your community, then use these in a rotation interval of at least 3 years to prolong resistance durability.
- Follow a crop rotation with at least a 3 year interval of canola crops to reduce pressure from clubroot and other canola diseases and pests.
- Control volunteer canola in all crops.
- Minimize soil movement between fields via equipment.
- Reduce tillage and reduce soil disturbance to minimize soil movement caused by wind and water.
Alberta Canola remains committed to funding research that strives to fund viable genetics and management options for clubroot.
John Guelly, the chair of Alberta Canola’s Research Committee spoke with Dean Thorpe on the Alberta Ag Show about the confirmation of clubroot in the Peace – listen below
Gregory Sekulic, the Canola Council of Canada agronomy specialist for the Peace region spoke with Caitlynn Reesor and with RealAgriculture about the confirmation of clubroot in the Peace – listen below