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Opportunities to Participate in Summer Pest Surveys

By Saskatchewan Pulse Growers and Carter Peru, A.Ag, Integrated Pest Management Agrologist, Regina

Chickpea Ascochyta Survey

Ascochyta blight of chickpeas
Ascochyta blight of chickpeas.
Samples of chickpea plants with Ascochyta rabiei symptoms are being requested by Dr. Michelle Hubbard from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in Swift Current, to evaluate the level of fungicide resistance in the pathogen. Dr. Hubbard is looking for samples from up to 16 chickpea fields by the end of July.

For instructions on sampling procedures and how to send the samples, please contact Dr. Hubbard directly by phone at 306-770-4461, by cell at 306-772-0470 or by email at michelle.hubbard@agr.g For identification, refer to Scouting & Management of Ascochyta Blight in Chickpeas.

Faba Bean Foliar Disease Survey

Chocolate spot on faba bean

Chocolate spot on faba bean.

In Saskatchewan, 20 to 30 faba bean fields have the opportunity to be part of the faba bean foliar disease survey in July. The University of Saskatchewan and (AAFC) are looking for agronomists willing to scout a couple of fields and send in some samples.

Growers can also participate as surveyors. Anyone with access to faba bean field(s) who is interested in the survey, please contact Dr. Sabine Banniza. For foliar diseases, refer to chocolate spot in faba beans.

Bean Weevil Samples

Live bean weevils are being sought by AAFC and the Canadian Grain Commission for research on how to control this insect and to better understand its distribution across Canada. This insect has been found across Canada, mainly in Eastern Canada, but on rare occasions can be found in stored pulses. The bean weevil primarily attacks stored beans, but can infest faba beans, lentils, chickpeas and soybeans. Females lay eggs on the seed, larvae develop inside the seed and adults exit the seed leaving a distinctive round two millimetre hole. For Western Canadian growers, it is important to know if the pest is here, and if it is the same as that found in Eastern Canada. Researchers are also studying the use of cold temperatures as a method of control. This insect is one of the pests of concern regarding fumigation requirements by India.

If you see insects in stored pulses, please contact Paul Fields with AAFC at 204-295-4533, or Blaine Timlick with the Canadian Grain Commission at 204-983-2788 for sampling and shipping instructions. For more information, see Bean Weevil (Acanthoscelides obtectus).

Soybean Pytophthora Root Rot (PRR) Survey

Saskatchewan soybean growers and agronomists have the opportunity to provide information and samples pertaining to PRR in soybeans. Dr. Deb McLaren with AAFC in Brandon, Man., is leading a project that will determine the prevalence of Phytophthora sojae in Saskatchewan and identify races present. The survey is to take place during early to mid-pod stage of soybeans (late July to mid-August). They are targeting 25 to 30 fields that are showing suspect symptoms for PRR. If you are interested in scouting a few soybean fields and/or sending in suspect samples, please contact Cheryl Gore at 306-668-9171 for protocols and shipping instructions.

Phytophthora root rot on soybeans
Phytophthora root rot on soybeans.
(Photo Credit: Manitoba Agriculture)
Phytophthora root rot on soybeans
Phytophthora root rot on soybeans.
(Photo Credit: Manitoba Agriculture)

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