Clubroot has been found in Manitoba canola fields. Clubroot is a long-lived soil-borne disease that can cause significant economic yield losses and once established, it is difficult to manage.
Clubroot of Canola: The Facts
With funding from Growing Forward 2, through the Growing Actions program, the Pest Surveillance Initiative (PSI) is mapping the current incidence of clubroot within Manitoba on a township-range basis. PSI is a joint project of Manitoba Canola Growers Association (MCGA) and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (MAFRD), providing Manitoba growers with the ability to test soil for low levels of clubroot DNA. PSI is collecting samples from all township-ranges in Manitoba to establish broad-spectrum information and maps on incidence of clubroot.
Growers will receive the results from their fields directly from PSI. All individual results —either positive for clubroot spores or negative for clubroot spores — will be kept confidential. Township-range level information, however, will be used to generate a map showing the Rural Municipalities with presence/absence of clubroot.
An up to date list of township-ranges needed for the project is attached. Only a few areas remain to be sampled. If you are interested and have land in one of the required areas, please contact PSI at firstname.lastname@example.org.