Red Deer County News

Posted on: November 22, 2017

Clubroot & Fusarium Update

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By Aimee Delaney, Conservation Assistant

It’s been a busy season this year from a pest management perspective. With new pest invaders on the horizon, and local pests in need of constant monitoring and controls, a few pests are making a presence in a big way.

It’s assumed with the wet spring seeding conditions that clubroot has been on the move. Red Deer County’s 2017 Clubroot inspections have uncovered 9 new fields confirmed to have the pathogen, bringing total number of confirmed fields to 25. Work is still being done to determine the particular infestation levels and strains of the pathogens within our borders, but it’s safe to say if you don’t have a management plan in place, you should.

Under Red Deer County policy, a Clubroot Notice can result in up to a 5 year prohibition on the growth of canola or any clubroot host crop. A notice would also require the use clubroot resistant varieties in subsequent years, and that equipment sanitation practices are implemented to reduce the spread of the disease. At this time, many landowners are jumping on board to implement these Clubroot BMPs before the disease can grab hold in their fields.

Fusarium has also been moving through the province in both cereal crops and corn, and into Red Deer County. Alberta Agriculture’s 2016 sampling and inspection program has confirmed its presence in at least one field within our municipality. While it is still unknown how much is present and what the future holds for producers in the area, it is a great time to start thinking about implementing a fusarium management plan if you haven’t got one already.

If you are a cereal, corn or canola producer a Clubroot or Fusarium Management Plan should be essential to your daily operations. Clubroot Management Plans and BMP’s associated with reducing the likelihood of introduction and decreasing the spread of the disease can be found online at: http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex11519

For Fusarium Management Plan and BMP’s, contact Alberta Agriculture at 310-FARM, or visit then online at: http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex5210

For more information on Red Deer County policy and procedures regarding the Clubroot and Fusarium please contact Ag Services at 403.342.8654

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