In 2017 Saskatchewan reported seeing a few confirmed cases of clubroot.

Clubroot is a serious soil-borne disease that can significantly reduce yield and quality in crops like canola and mustard.

It started in about 2013, and since then the disease has spread to other locations, with signs of it now showing up in some parts of Saskatchewan as well.

John Guelly farms just north of Edmonton at Westlock, his farm is in the heart of the some of the highest clubroot infestations in Alberta.

On Friday’s Canola Connection, Guelly spoke about the clubroot management plan for his farm, which started with a crop rotation that includes a two-year break from canola.

"We lengthen our rotations, grew clubroot resistance varieties, tried to minimize our dirt movements so cleaning off equipment before you move between fields, and do a lot of scouting," he said. "The best thing to do is try to find it in its early stages. It's a lot like cancer if you find it early, your chances of being able to grow with it are that much better and easier."

Guelly shared his personal experience about finding clubroot on his farm.

"It seems to be something that no one wants to talk about," he said. "It's like mental health, and really the best thing you can do is talk about it. You can learn from neighbours and agronomists to know what you're looking for in the first place so you can catch it early. But nobody wants to talk about it there all worried about their land value going down, or what the neighbours might say, or what the county might say, but really the more you talk about it, the more you can manage it and the easier you can deal with it."

Guelly also recommends stepping up volunteer and host weed control, by designating a field entrance and exit and sanitizing third-party equipment.

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