What Are the Next Steps?
By Kaeley Kindrachuk, TechAg, B.App.Sci., Crops Extension Specialist, Outlook SK
With the release of the clubroot distribution map, you may be wondering what to do now that clubroot has been found in new areas of the province. It is important to remain diligent in trying to prevent or manage the disease from spreading, regardless of where you farm.
The best time to begin using clubroot management strategies is before the disease is in your field. The recommendations for clubroot prevention are the same for everyone: use a minimum three-year crop rotation (or two-year break) between canola crops, use clubroot resistant canola varieties, reduce soil movement in and out of fields, control brassica weeds which can also act as a host for clubroot and scout your fields regularly. Managing the disease will look different for everyone, especially between dryland and irrigated fields, as your plan needs to be tailored to your farm. If you find clubroot on your farm, ministry staff and Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) Plant Health Officers (PHOs) will work with you to ensure that management practices you put in place on your farm are science-based and practical for your operation.
There are a couple of different ways to monitor for clubroot on your farm. The clubroot pathogen can be detected at low levels by a soil test. This soil test should be taken in low spots, water runs, high traffic areas and the field entrance. In addition to soil testing, regularly pulling up brassica plants and checking roots for galls is helpful in detection as well. Reporting clubroot is encouraged, either on your own or through your agronomist. Each report to the ministry is confidential and can be reported to your nearest crops extension specialist, provincial plant disease specialist or through your SARM division PHO. Specific land locations will only be shared with the RM if it has a clubroot-specific bylaw in place.
If you find clubroot on your farm in 2021, don’t panic. We are here to help you keep growing canola profitably, while implementing a few different practices to help manage the disease. An informed producer has a higher chance of managing the disease early. To find more information on clubroot, management plans, recent maps, scouting tips, how to report clubroot, biosecurity protocols and more, please contact your nearest crops extension specialist, provincial plant disease specialist or PHO or search clubroot on the ministry website.