Clubroot is a soil-borne disease that can cause significant yield loss.

In 2022, over 500 fields were inspected as part of the clubroot monitoring program. 

Chair of SaskCanola's Research Committee Keith Fournier says SaskCanola funds province-wide disease testing for clubroot to ensure we have a good understanding of the regions where the disease is present. 

The latest map shows visible clubroot symptoms were recorded in two more commercial canola fields, while the clubroot pathogen was detected in four new fields.

The results show the importance of continued monitoring and management of clubroot. 

Overall, visible clubroot symptoms have been confirmed in 82 commercial fields, while the clubroot pathogen has been detected in 42 fields where there were no visible symptoms. 

Producers and industry agrologists were able to receive a free soil testing kit through the Ministry of Agriculture last year with SaskCanola covering the cost of each test.

A total of 39 soil samples were submitted under the program. 

Agriculture Minister David Marit says clubroot can impact our producers, landowners and the province's strong canola market.

"This map helps the ministry to track and manage clubroot while preventing it from reaching other fields."

All producers with visible clubroot symptoms or fields with the presence of the pathogen have been notified, while the specific locations are kept confidential to protect producer privacy.

In total over 500 field were inspected last year as part of the clubroot monitoring program.