The Smoky Lake County plan takes a different approach than that of other counties, requiring producers to sit down with a crop adviser and devise an action plan to mitigate clubroot. 
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Alta. county takes new approach to clubroot

A first-of-its-kind clubroot management plan is going ahead in northeastern Alberta, helping farmers in the region mitigate the spread of the notorious disease. The Smoky Lake County plan takes a different approach than that of other counties, requiring producers to sit down with a crop adviser and devise an action plan to mitigate clubroot. “We […] Read more

A standard three-year rotation (canola-other crop-other crop) should be able to keep clubroot contained even if it's present. | File photo

Three-year rotation can handle clubroot

CALGARY — Agronomists thought fields infected with clubroot would take years to get back into safe canola-growing shape. Now they think an infected canola field can probably return to canola production after a two-year break. And a standard three-year rotation (canola-other crop-other crop) should be able to keep clubroot contained even if it’s present. “If […] Read more

Clubroot threat hangs over Sask. farmers

Agricultural Producers Association of Sask. delegates examine ways to fight the disease as it spreads into their province

Saskatchewan farmers are watching the spread of clubroot with alarm. The release of the province’s distribution map early next year will only confirm what many already know: the canola disease is closer and more prevalent than they thought. Delegates to the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan annual meeting held late last month said they hoped […] Read more


Studies by Alberta Agriculture crop pathologist Michael Harding, which compared different disinfectants that can be used on farm equipment, showed a 50:50 concentration of common household bleach and water killed spores and is cheaper.
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Nothing fancy about killing clubroot

Household bleach works as well as specialized disinfectants, say experts — and it’s cheaper, too


A jug of household bleach is an important tool in the fight against clubroot. Studies by Alberta Agriculture crop pathologist Michael Harding, which compared different disinfectants that can be used on farm equipment, showed a 50:50 concentration of common household bleach and water killed spores and is cheaper. A few years ago, Virkon disinfectant was […] Read more

Thirty-three fields have now been confirmed with visual symptoms; 15 of them found this year. | File photo

Clubroot raises its profile in Man.

In the fall of 2015, clubroot galls were discovered in a canola field near Swan River, Man. It was the first confirmed case of clubroot with visible symptoms of the disease in Manitoba. Three years later, more than 30 canola fields in Manitoba have plants with clubroot galls, and the cases have spread well beyond […] Read more


Clubroot has grown exponentially since it was first discovered in 2003 near Edmonton. Last year alone, it spread to six counties in Alberta, reappeared in Saskatchewan and remains in Manitoba. 
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Frustration mounts over clubroot’s spread

RED DEER — With no sign of slowing down, clubroot’s big spread isn’t only hurting yields — it’s got some worrying over canola’s ability to remain productive in the long run if more isn’t done to handle the issue. The soil-borne disease has grown exponentially since it was first discovered in 2003 near Edmonton. Last […] Read more

Clubroot causes galls that restrict water and nutrient flow to the stem and leaves. | File photo

Clubroot makes debut in Peace Region canola

Clubroot has now climbed into the Peace region — and its recent discovery will change the way canola farmers operate in the area’s southeastern corner. Alberta Canola announced Aug. 23 that one case of the serious soil-borne disease was found in a canola crop in Big Lakes County, which surrounds much of Lesser Slave Lake. […] Read more

Washing and sanitation is still a recommendation, but it's no longer a point of emphasis for clubroot management. | File photo

Canola council changes emphasis on clubroot message

DAUPHIN, Man. — In an ideal world, every Canadian would jog, bike or swim four days a week. But that’s unlikely to happen so it’s probably better to recommend something easy, like ordering a salad instead of poutine at lunch. Similarly, for years plant pathologists and agronomists have told prairie farmers to thoroughly wash and […] Read more


If a farmer leaves a field at the entrance the tractor, seeder or cultivator is likely covered in soil and loaded with billions of clubroot spores. | File photo

Clubroot control could be helped by adding field exits

DAUPHIN, Man. — In February, Dan Orchard had a eureka moment. Orchard, a Canola Council of Canada agronomist in central Alberta, spends a lot of time thinking and talking about clubroot because the disease affects hundreds of farms in his area. Earlier this winter, after speaking to a grower on the phone, an idea popped […] Read more