A 5-year project to investigate changes in blackleg needs 20-25 growers per Prairie province to volunteer fields for the survey. This would be a great way for growers to learn more about blackleg management.
The project, funded under Growing Forward 2, will investigate the changes in blackleg populations and breakdown of resistance of canola cultivars in grower fields. This will be done in relation to the crop sequence, crop inputs and other resources in order to understand the reason(s) for the erosion of resistance in canola cultivars in canola fields.
The three researchers Dilantha Fernando (University of Manitoba), Gary Peng (AAFC/Saskatoon) and Ralph Lange (Alberta Innovates) will collect data and characterize the pathogen populations in each field to understand population changes and make recommendations for mitigation of this emerging blackleg problem. For growers who volunteer, their names and land coordinates will be strictly confidential. If you wish to be part of or need more information, please contact Dilantha Fernando at 204-474-6072 or Dilantha.firstname.lastname@example.org