Canola acres across the west have grown continuously over the years. The profitability of canola on the farm has not only expanded acres but also caused producers to tighten rotations. With those increased acres and short rotations the threat of disease becomes magnified. Sclerotinia is one of those diseases that, once established, can have devastating effects from year to year. Those effects can be compounded in a situation where there’s a tight rotation, especially if conditions are favourable for the disease.
The present canola situation across the prairies makes it more important than ever to be aware of the threat sclerotinia can represent and to be prepared with some kind of a fungicide program to deal with the threat should it arise.
In this episode of the Canola School, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture Plant Disease Specialist Faye Dokken-Bouchard discusses the threat sclerotinia represents this year and some of the measures producers can take to defend against it and assess if they’re at risk for it.
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