The following is information the RM of South Qu’Appelle received from Ministry of Agriculture, Crops and Irrigation Branch regarding clubroot:
Clubroot is not a quarantined pest and there are no market access concerns with this disease. As a result, if clubroot is found the producer would still be able to harvest and sell their grain with no restrictions. The clubroot pathogen is primarily spread through the movement of soil. They are still also able to drive their equipment off of their land. Sanitation is definitely recommended but is not regulated under the pest control act.
When clubroot is found we are concerned about spreading the disease and also managing the fields to prevent yield loss. To do this it is important to restrict the movement of infected soil. This can be done via sanitation but can also be managed in some other ways as well. For example if a field is known to have clubroot, the producer can always visit that field last and then sanitize the equipment. This will reduce some of the time constraints. If clubroot is found to be present only in a small patch of the field (ie: the field entrance) that area could be put to grass. Also a new exit (as far as possible) from the clubroot patch could be developed to reduce the movement of the pathogen.
If clubroot is found in an RM that has a bylaw, we would report that field to the RM office. If the RM has a PCO they would be able to write an order for clubroot management. If the RM does not have a clubroot specific bylaw, we would work with the producer to develop a clubroot management plan for their farm. We would use the Saskatchewan Clubroot Management Plan and clubroot research as a guide to do this. If this is the case other producers and RMS would be made aware of the general location (to crop district level) of the clubroot confirmed field but the identity of the producer would remain confidential.
When found early, clubroot can be managed proactively keeping the risk of yield loss low through crop rotation and use of resistant varieties (in a diverse crop rotation). This will keep the levels of the pathogen low within a field. The spread of the pathogen can be reduced through some of the practices described above.
The Province does conduct annual surveys for clubroot surveillance. Under The Pest Control Act, regulatory authority goes to the RM. The Province is available to offer support to the RM during this process.