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Cereal Leaf Spotting, Stripe Rust Prevalent in Alberta

10 July 2014
Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development

CANADA - While stripe rust, cereal leaf spotting and root rot are the most prevalent disease challenges in the Alberta province right now, other problems are expected to emerge.

“Right now, there seems to be a lot of cereal leaf spotting and stripe rust on winter wheat,” says Michael Harding, plant pathologist, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Brooks.

“Peas and faba beans are also starting to show signs of disease.”

Harding says peas are being actively surveyed for root rot.

“We are seeing a lot of peas with root rot issues. It’s similar to what we saw in 2013, and it’s a serious problem for some pea producers.”

Harding says that so far he hasn’t heard about anything major with canola. “However, we certainly expect to have more cases of clubroot later on in the year.

"We also are expecting sclerotinia again once the canola comes out of bloom and blackleg will be present in some fields as well.”

For further information on crop diseases, call the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276)

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