Diseases

  • Clubroot: Messages from Clubroot Response Workshop

    Diseases

    At the workshop, the 200 attendees were urged to think about actions they can take to reduce the impact of clubroot on their farms, businesses and communities. These actions includes crop rotations, sanitation, resistant varieties, reduced tillage and scouting.

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  • List of clubroot-resistant canola varieties

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    Here are the clubroot-resistant (CR) canola varieties currently available in Western Canada.

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  • Grow CR varieties as soon as clubroot is in the area

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    Use clubroot-resistant (CR) varieties as soon as clubroot arrives in the area. The CR trait will prevent most infection, which will help to keep spore counts low in fields that already have lower counts. With fewer resting spores in the soil, the risk of building up virulent pathotypes is reduced. List of CR canola varieties […]

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  • Seed trait priorities: Disease resistance, maturity, seed treatment

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    When choosing canola hybrids for 2019, think through the yield, quality and profit achieved over the past few years and consider what factors may have reduced overall profitability. Add notes on harvestability. Then consider how seed traits could help manage any existing and potential challenges, reduce risk and improve profitability.

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  • How to contain a clubroot-infested patch

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    If identified early enough and small enough, patches of soil infested with clubroot-causing Plasmodiophora brassicae can be managed in various ways to reduce the spore load in those patches and prevent clubroot from spreading beyond that patch. This excerpt from a November 2018 Canola Digest article describes patch management techniques:

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  • Terminology of genetic resistance and loss of resistance

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    These definitions help answer questions such as: How can we lose a resistance trait? How does a clubroot-resistant (CR) variety work one year and not the next?

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  • How to test soils for the clubroot pathogen

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    Soil tests for clubroot can have two objectives:
    1. Is the clubroot pathogen present? (Yes/No test)
    2. What is the resting spore count per gram of soil? (Quantitative test)

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  • Clubroot identified in Rocky View County southeast of Calgary

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    Clubroot has been identified in a canola field south of Calgary in Southern Alberta. Although clubroot has been found in various counties in Alberta since 2003, this is the first confirmed case of the disease in Rockyview County. For more about the discovery and what to do about it….

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  • When is ‘too late’ to assess stubble for blackleg?

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    Field observations suggest that blackleg may be increasing in some areas. Official disease survey results for 2018 will be announced at Western Forum October 17-19. In the meantime, farmers and agronomist may still have time to count the percentage of plants that are diseased.

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  • Clubroot management: Harvest theme

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    By this time of year, galls may start to break-down. Decaying galls will have a sawdust-like look and texture. If in doubt, send plant samples to a lab.

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  • Disease Watch 2018: Before, during and after harvest

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    Here is a compilation of timely disease tips based on observations in the fields this week. Look for blackleg (shown above) and clubroot in particular this fall.

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  • Test blackleg races in a field; make better seed decisions

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    New tests allow farmers to identify the blackleg races in their fields. With this information, farmers can choose canola varieties with resistance to those races.

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  • Find a patch of clubroot? Pull and burn all plants in the patch

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    You find a patch of clubroot? Identify the patch. Pull the plants and burn the galls.

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  • Start your pre-harvest disease scouting

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    Diseases are usually easiest to see and diagnose in the couple of weeks before swath timing. Patches of dying or prematurely-ripening plants are obvious areas to scout (and show up really well with drone images), but even clean-looking fields can provide some early warning if you take time to look. Here’s how to identify the major diseases of canola as fields get close to swathing stage…

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  • Clubroot watch begins

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    Take a look at the roots of plants that are showing unusual amounts of heat and moisture stress. These plants may be facing premature wilting and even death due to clubroot, and mounting stress from the environment can make these plants stand out even more.

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