A total of 205 canola (Brassica napus) fields were surveyed in the major canola production regions of Saskatchewan in 2022. The survey covered the northwest (29 fields), northeast (32 fields), west-central (28 fields), east-central (52 fields), southwest (27 fields) and southeast (37 fields) areas of the province. Due to the random and permission-based nature of field selection, not every rural municipality (RM) was surveyed in each region, while multiple fields were surveyed in some RMs.
Disease assessments were made in each field by collecting 20 plants from five different sites, each at least 30 meters from the edge of the field. Sclerotinia stem rot (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum) was observed in 56 per cent of the crops surveyed. Average incidence across all crops surveyed in the province was six per cent (11 per cent incidence in infected crops). The overall mean incidence for the province was higher than in 2021 (two per cent) but lower than 2020 (17 per cent). Higher disease incidence in 2022 compared to 2021 can be attributed to the weather during the growing season.