A comprehensive clubroot survey is underway in the major canola growing areas of Saskatchewan.
Plants are being pulled and soil sampled in 1800 randomly selected fields, one in each township.
The Ministry of Agriculture wants to gain a better understanding about the severity and distribution of clubroot.
To date, the number of confirmed cases in Saskatchewan is relatively small, but there are likely more undetected instances.
Provincial disease specialist, Barb Ziesman says soil samples will be taken from the field entrance.
If there are no visible signs of clubroot galls, the surveyor will clean their tools and footwear before travelling to the next field.
If clubroot galls are found, the surveyor will examine plant roots at ten other locations in the field.
Since clubroot is a declared pest, the rural municipality and landowner will be notified if there is a positive case.
Ziesman says the next step is developing a clubroot management agreement.
The management agreement will include a number of measures such as growing canola a maximum of once every three years and using a clubroot resistant variety.
A clubroot distribution map will be produced and likely released in time for grower meetings next winter.