Worms and Other Soil Invertebrates

While digging for cutworms, you may encounter other worms. Species in the enchytraeid family are pale white to grey, segmented worms and usually one to two cm (but can be up to five cm) in length. When magnified, these worms resemble earthworms. These creatures are beneficial insects that function in decaying organic matter and nutrient cycling. Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture has an archived Crop Production Newsletter with photos and descriptions of other soil invertebrates. To obtain a copy of the .pdf entitled Crop Production News – Volume 29 No. 3 with the section on ‘Worms and Other Soil Invertebrates’ e-mail your local Canola Council agronomist.