If you are conducting business with the Government of Saskatchewan by mail, please be advised that delivery may be delayed due to rotating postal strikes. Various measures are in place to ensure service to Saskatchewan residents and businesses during postal strike action.

Google Translate Disclaimer

A number of pages on the Government of Saskatchewan`s web site have been professionally translated in French. These translations are identified by a yellow text box that resembles the link below and can be found in the right hand rail of the page. The home page for French-language content on this site can be found here:

Renseignements en Français

Where an official translation is not available, Google™ Translate can be used. Google™ Translate is a free online language translation service that can translate text and web pages into different languages. Translations are made available to increase access to Government of Saskatchewan content for populations whose first language is not English.

The results of software-based translation do not approach the fluency of a native speaker or possess the skill of a professional translator. The translation should not be considered exact, and may include incorrect or offensive language Government of Saskatchewan does not warrant the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information translated by this system. Some files or items cannot be translated, including graphs, photos, and other file formats such as portable document formats (PDFs).

Any person or entities that rely on information obtained from the system does so at his or her own risk. Government of Saskatchewan is not responsible for any damage or issues that may possibly result from using translated website content. If you have any questions about Google™ Translate, please visit: Google™ Translate FAQs.

Crop Protection Lab news

By Scott Hartley, PAg, Manager, Crop Protection Laboratory, Regina

Sample submissions to the Crop Protection Lab have been constant in June, with more than 100 samples received so far in 2018.  

More than 20 of the samples showed symptoms of root rot in pulse crops (primarily in pea and lentil but also noted in chickpea). Fusarium species were the most common pathogens, occurring in more than 50 per cent of the samples. An oomycete, such as Pythium or Aphanomyces were present in approximately 25 per cent of the samples.

Root rot complex on pea roots
Many of the earlier samples (13) showed environmental stress and damage. These symptoms were noted in field crops and coniferous trees. Earlier in June, heat stress and lack of moisture were the main factors.

Herbicide damage was evident in 19 samples. In most cases, these were problems with carryover due to dry conditions in 2017 that prevented the breakdown of certain herbicides in the soil. Effected crops include cereals, oilseeds and pulses in herbicide Groups 2, 4, 5, 14 and 27.

Deeper seeding to reach moisture or wind filling loose soil into seed rows was an issue in a few samples where the plants had expended their reserves to reach the surface, at which point they were weak and prone to other environmental stresses such as wind.

Insect samples have included Enchytraeids (small white worms similar to earthworms), barley thrips, spider mites in spruce trees and springtails (Collembola). Of special note, red bugs were submitted again this year, but, unlike 2017 where the insect was Peritrechus convivus causing damage to slow-growing canola seedlings, the insects this year have been soft-winged flower beetles (Collops sp.) and white-margined burrower bugs (Sehirus cinctus). Neither is considered significant pests of field crops; the latter preferred hosts include plants in the mint and nettle families.


We need your feedback to improve saskatchewan.ca. Help us improve