After attending a presentation on Clubroot management, presented by the Department of Ag and Food, Barrie Jung of Hodgins Auctioneers and Dan Steen of Ritchie Bros Auctioneers provided the following report:
Clubroot is a soil born disease caused by a microbe, and affects the roots of field crops such as canola, mustard, camelina, oilseed radish, taramira and vegetables such as arugula, broccoli, brussels, sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, hale, kolhrabi, radish, rutabaga and turnip. Causing deformed roots that have a reduced ability to absorb water and nutrients, the plants become stunted, wilted, yellowed and display premature ripening and shrivellimg of seeds. Spores can survive in soil for up to 20 years. Infected roots will eventually disintegrate, releasing resting spores into the soil, which may then be transported by wind, water erosion, animals/manure, shoes/clothing, vehicles/tires or earth tag on agricultural or industrial field equipment.
Discussion included ways that auction companies can assist in the prevention of the spread of clubroot. This would include sanitizing tillage equipment before moving off farm sites, as well as providing information to prevent the spread of clubroot throughout the province. For more information on clubroot management, please contactwww.agriculture,gov.sk.ca/ and click on Clubroot Management Plan.