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Saturday , 16 October 2021

Clubroot found in three M.D. fields

The M.D. of Bonnyville finished with their clubroot inspections for 2019 and three additional fields were identified with the soil-borne disease south of Glendon, said Matt Janz, general manager of environmental and protective services.

During the yearly inspection of 330 canola, clubroot was found in the same fields as in year’s past, said Janz at Wednesday’s M.D. council meeting.

These fields will receive a pest notice that will restrict growing canola for the next three years.

The M.D. will look at the strain of clubroot and will try to mitigate the spread of the disease moving forward.

That way the M.D. can recommend the seed for farmers to purchase.

Goats used for vegetation

The M.D. will be using goats to control the grass getting too high in areas that are difficult to mow.

They hope that will improve water flow through the subdivisions, like Country Lane Estates, where goats were sent to graze the reserves and drainage ditches.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.