Saskatchewan publishes clubroot distribution map ahead of 2024 growing season

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Of over 500 fields sampled in 2023, just one new field was added to the list of fields where clubroot DNA was detected.

Clubroot is a serious, soil-borne disease of canola. By proactively monitoring clubroot in Saskatchewan, the Government of Saskatchewan says it is working with producers and other industry partners to minimize its impact.

The 2023 results bring the total number of commercial fields with visible clubroot symptoms tested since 2018 to 82. However, the number of commercial fields identified to have the clubroot pathogen through DNA testing rises from 42 to 43.

The 2023 Saskatchewan Clubroot Distribution Map (seen below) shows the rural municipalities where clubroot has been identified since the province started surveying for the disease.

“This map is an important tool for producers and specialists alike, ensuring they have the information needed to make the best decisions for their operations,” says Agriculture Minister David Marit. “While clubroot remains present in Saskatchewan, we thank producers for allowing testing and utilizing the resources available to effectively manage clubroot.”

The clubroot monitoring program provides free soil testing bags for producers and industry agronomists, paid for by the province. SaskCanola, some rural municipalities, and the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) distribute the soil testing bags, with SaskCanola paying for the tests.

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