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When combined, fusarium and aphanomyces root rots increase the likelihood and severity of disease in pea fields, said plant pathologist Syama Chatterton.

Root rot pathogens deliver one-two punch to pea fields

Two root rot pathogens are teaming up to wreak havoc in Alberta’s pea fields. “Before 2016, I thought that we were just dealing with fusarium root rot in the brown soil zone, but 2016 completely changed that hypothesis,” said Syama Chatterton, plant pathologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. “We saw a lot of aphanomyces root […] Read more

This pea field near Three Hills was devastated by root rot in 2014, 
but pea growers saw fewer disease problems in 2015.

Root rot pathogen lying in wait

Aphanomyces can persist for a decade in soil and are just waiting for another wet year

Syama Chatterton had a hunch that pea root rots would be less of a problem in a dry year. And sometimes, she said, “it’s nice to be right.” “Root rot severity was definitely lower in 2015 compared to what we had seen in 2013 and 2014, which were very wet years,” the federal research scientist […] Read more


Packed agenda for agronomy update

More than two dozen speakers will be offering their insights at Agronomy Update in Red Deer on Jan. 19-20. Topics include aphanomyces, clubroot, fungicide timing, P and K decline, straight combining canola, insect control, and managing herbicide resistance. The conference kicks off with presentations on field crops pathology followed by soil management, grain marketing, and crops […] Read more