It’s too early to say how big a problem verticillium wilt could become for the Canadian canola industry, but it should be on the radar for growers, says the crop pathologist taking the lead on the new disease issue within Manitoba Agriculture.
As reported by Real Ag last week, the first known case of Verticillium longisporum on an oilseed crop in North America was confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency this past fall.
“This really was a wave of new numbers for the market to digest, and yet if you look across the whole scope of it, there’s not a lot that on its own was really surprising,” says Jon Driedger, senior analyst and risk management portfolio manager with FarmLink Marketing Solutions in the interview below.
“You generally see them in patches. If you see [wild oats] in real straight lines, then you suspect a sprayer error, but if you just see them in little patches out there, you…can often assume – at least in Alberta – that they’re going to be resistant.”
Created January 16, 2015 | Category: Agronomy