Some farms in Yellowhead County may start being inspected near the end of the month. The county Pest Inspectors will be scouting for the Clubroot disease in canola and other plant fields from approximately August 28th to September 30th.
Clubroot is a soil-borne disease that reduces yields of crops such as canola, mustards, and some vegetables. The primary way this disease spreads is by soil movement from infected fields to non-infected fields.
This may be done by soil falling off of farm machinery, vehicles, and off-highway vehicles. It may also be spread by wind and water erosion.
Clubroot has already been detected in Yellowhead County and inspectors will be taking all measures to limit the spread of the disease.