Moving soil, moving clubroot

Soil on opener Metzger

The highest risk operation to introduce and spread clubroot is the one that moves the greatest amount of soil throughout the farm and across the countryside. Field equipment carries a lot of soil, which is why equipment sanitation is an important way to contain the disease. Others common ways to move soil include utilities companies working from field to field, any other people or vehicles in fields, and wind. No-till will reduce soil movement by wind.

Remember, anything done to limit soil movement from field to field with help contain clubroot. This also prevents the spread of weeds.

Steps to reduce soil movement applies to all crops in rotation. Clubroot-infested soil doesn’t care what crop you’re growing. The spores move with soil and simply wait until canola is produced on that field again.

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