Clubroot resistant canola seed in demand after Sask. discovery

It’s canola booking time again, and growers across Western Canada and the northern U.S. Great Plains are making their canola seed plans.

Those haven’t always included hybrids with clubroot resistant genetics in Saskatchewan and parts of the Peace Country.

However, canola seed companies are seeing more interest in resistant genetics packages from those areas since the disease was found in northwestern Saskatchewan and the southeastern Peace region.

Aaron Miller of DuPont Pioneer in Saskatchewan said the discovery of a significant clubroot incidence in that province is confirming what many already suspected.

“It’s here, and we are seeing a rise in interest in (canola) seed with (clubroot) resistance,” he said.

“Producers are looking to make it part of the package they want for next spring.”

He said the company has several offerings with the resistance package for clubroot that should cover the region, “no matter where you farm.”

Harley Bell of Brett Young Seeds in Winnipeg said his company has seen farmer interest in clubroot resistance grow in pockets.

“It’s not table stakes the way blackleg (resistance) is now, but it wil be some day,” said Bell.

Ashley Smith of Bayer in the western Peace region said producers there are now looking to make it “about 25 percent of their acres each year, in a two to three year rotation.”

“That demand, along with shatter resistance, and of course resistance to everything we can give them, has been a challenge in some places, but by next spring we should have covered all those (genetic) bases,” she said about pending hybrid introductions for next year.

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