If you see people in your fields this fall, don’t panic. It may be Wheatland County staff conducting clubroot surveys by pulling canola stubble to inspect the roots.
Each year Agriculture and Environment staff conduct surveys to assist Alberta Agriculture and Forestry in determining the status of pests or weeds that could affect agricultural production in Wheatland County. The staff members performing the surveys are appointed as inspectors under the Agricultural Pests Act. This means that they may legally enter onto any land at a reasonable hour for the purpose of inspecting for legislated agricultural pests, in this case, clubroot.
While it would be ideal for us to notify all landowners prior to performing surveys, it can be very difficult to locate contact information for each parcel of land, especially while in the field. Staff have a lot of surveys to do in a short period of time, and we recognize that farmers are busy with harvest, which increases the difficulty in connecting with people. If you do run into a staff member, inspectors will be happy to explain their purpose and will show you their identification.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Russ Muenchrath, Manager of Agriculture and Environment, at 403-361-2006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about the Clubroot Management Plan can be found on the Government of Alberta's website.