The Seedpod — Ep 11: Two Tests for Aphanomyces

Root rot damage. Photo Credit: Syama Chatterton

Aphanomyces is a soil-borne water mold thatcauses devastating root rots in pulses, especially pea and lentil crops.

Unfortunately for farmers, the aphanomyces spores can live in the soil for 10 years, and thrive under wet conditions. That means, not only has this root rot advanced rapidly across many areas of Saskatchewan and Alberta, but it’s incidence can put a significant strain on crop rotations, as pea or lentils should not grown for six years in an infested field.

The trouble with aphanomyces is that its infection can look like other diseases. That’s why Holly Gelech, vice president of sales, marketing, and client services for Biovision Seed Labs, says a soil test and possibly a later-season tissue test are vital when dealing with this disease.

In this edition of The Seedpod, brought to you by Biovision Seed Labs, Gelech explains how to sample for each type of test, how long you can expect to wait for results, and what the results mean.

Read more: Pulse School — Do I really have to wait six years to grow pulses? 

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