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The Benefits of Reporting Clubroot Disease in Canola

By Raul Avila A.Ag, M.Sc., Crop Production Intern, Crops and Irrigation Branch

Reporting of clubroot symptoms by producers and agrologists is important to increase our understanding of the distribution and severity of the disease in the province. Clubroot is most effectively managed when it is detected early. In addition to scouting for clubroot-infected canola plants, a soil test can be used to determine pathogen levels present in each field. Some laboratories can detect spore levels as low as 1,000 spores per gram of soil. This is considered too low to have disease symptoms but still serves as an important warning that the pathogen is present. Implementing a clubroot management plan before the pathogen population is large enough to result in disease symptoms will prevent significant yield loss.

Producers and agronomists can also test soil for clubroot by picking up a free soil test. Provided by the Ministry of Agriculture and SaskCanola, these soil tests can be used to detect low levels of the clubroot pathogen. You can sign up online to receive your soil test; the cost of the test will be covered by SaskCanola.

The results of the clubroot monitoring program, including ministry surveys, volunteer soil testing, and all reports from producers and agronomists will be used to update the Saskatchewan Clubroot Distribution Map. This map raises awareness and encourages proactive clubroot management by illustrating, to the rural municipality level, where clubroot has been found.

Who to report to

All clubroot reporting will be managed in confidence by the Ministry of Agriculture in confidence. To report clubroot, contact any of the following:

What information to include when reporting clubroot

When you call to report clubroot, you will be asked the following questions. Additional information is valuable and can be used to identify clubroot risk factors and guide research decisions.

Questions that will be asked If available, please include
Location In which Rural Municipality (RM) is the field located? Legal land description
How was the clubroot finding confirmed? Who identified the clubroot symptom?
Do you have photographs to share?
Has a clubroot soil test been requested, submitted, or are test results known?
History Is it a new finding? Variety grown
Field crop rotation history

How will the clubroot finding be communicated?

Clubroot Reporting chart
A chart showing how clubroot findings will be communicated
*The clubroot monitoring program includes the ministry surveys and volunteer clubroot soil testing

For More Information

Please contact the Agriculture Knowledge Centre’s general inquiry line toll-free at 1-866-457-2377.

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