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Research Aims To Fight Clubroot

Clubroot is a major threat for Canadian canola producers. While agronomic practices such as crop rotation, cleaning equipment and minimum tillage are helpful, they alone are not enough. That’s why check-off dollars contributed by canola growers are being used to fund a project that seeks more effective solutions to battling club root. The research is made possible by contributions from the Alberta Canola Producers Commission (ACPC), the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission (SCDC) and the Manitoba Canola Growers Association (MCGA). The Canola Council of Canada (CCC) is providing coordination services.

Already scientists have run trials in containment labs in Saskatoon and Edmonton, testing a number of microbial fungicides that have been registered recently to control a range of soil-borne diseases.

Now it’s time to take the research from the lab to the field with trials this summer. As part of the summer project, rates of application and delivery methods will be explored to determine field efficacy.

Another clubroot study now underway is led by Dr. Stephen Strelkov at the University of Alberta. It called “Evaluation of clubroot control with rotation fungicides and soil amendments.”

Research and information for managing club root is vital for future sustainable production of canola. Grower check-off dollars devoted to this ongoing research have the potential to save millions of dollars for canola growers across the prairies.

Canola growers in Manitoba and Alberta contribute a checkoff of $1 per tonne at the time of selling to MCGA or ACPC respectively. Saskatchewan canola growers pay 75 cents per tonne to SCDC at the time of selling. Each grower group contributes 25 cents per tonne to the CCC.

Debbie Belanger

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