Saskatchewan clubroot survey finds disease in more fields, steps up control plan

REGINA — Clubroot, a serious infectious disease that can significantly reduce yield and crop quality, has been found in more Saskatchewan farm fields.

The province says clubroot have been confirmed in 43 commercial canola fields and the clubroot pathogen in three other fields.

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Approximately 1,500 fields were tested as part of the survey last year.

Surveillance efforts were beefed up after clubroot was detected in two Saskatchewan crop districts in 2017.

Agriculture Minister David Marit says awareness and education of clubroot are key to helping prevent the spread of the disease.

The government says farmers with fields with visible clubroot symptoms will be required to develop a disease management plan that includes science-based strategies for infected fields.

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