Thinking of buying some farm equipment at an auction ?
Please ensure that all equipment entering the region be washed and free of CLUBROOT.
Many farmers have been wondering about equipment moving in for oil & gas exploration, and what they can do to protect themselves. Keeping in mind that the current science says Clubroot is primarily a soil borne disease (not seed or straw), the best defence will be to try & ensure all equipment coming onto your farm has been thoroughly cleaned. Best case scenario, steam cleaned and then washed with water and a 1 – 2% bleach solution.
The Oil & Gas Companies approaching the MD for road permits are asked that any equipment being moved into the M.D. be thoroughly cleaned – and so far the companies seem to appreciate the concern and are acting on those requests. As landowners, when the landmen come calling that is something you can request as well – not that it be cleaned when it gets to your place, but before it leaves its’ destination. The agreements you are asked to sign can be amended, get it put in writing, and further ask that you be notified before the equipment comes onto your property so you can inspect it. If it’s asked often enough, it will become a standard business practice. Protect yourself and clean items bought at auction as well with the same diligence.
How serious a disease is Clubroot?
Keep in mind that the spores can survive in the soil for upwards of 20 years, so once it is introduced, it’s there. In the most heavily infested fields around Edmonton, before it was realized how bad this can be, there were Canola crops deemed not worth harvesting – in a year when the fields around the infested ones were 50 bu/ac fields.
Yes, Clubroot resistance is being bred into Canola, but it won’t be here next year, maybe not for another few years. And, like Blackleg, there are different strains of the disease so resistance will likely be a moving target the seed companies will be constantly aiming for. Protect yourself, if you can have equipment coming onto your farm from outside the area cleaned first, do it. Short rotations are what this disease prefers, so have a hard look at your rotations. Canola on Canola needs to be a last resort, we need to be thinking 1 in 3 or 1 in 4 years to ensure that if the disease is there, that the spore levels aren’t given a chance to build up and devastate the crop.
For more info on Clubroot, check out the Alberta Agriculture and Agriculture Canada websites.
Pest / Disease & Predator Control in Alberta:
The Agricultural Pest Act provides authority for the Minister to declare as a pest or nuisances any animal, bird, insect, plant or disease which negatively impacts the environment and/or agricultural production.
Legislation enables inspectors and local authorities to deal with these Pests & Nuisances.
The Municipal District of Spirit River No.133 is responsible for protecting the agricultural productivity of the municipality by controlling native and introduced pests.
Landowners are accountable for controlling pests on their properties.
Examples of pests in the Municipality are:
See the Fusarium Management Plan at http://agriculture.alberta.ca/fusarium
Watch a video on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTGKinf2tFw
Coyotes ASB 15 Predator Control (Coyote