Free Testing for MCGA Members ($450 Total Value)
What pests could be threatening your canola?
There are multiple times throughout the season to scout your fields and collect a sample for testing through the Pest Surveillance Initiative (PSI) Lab.
The PSI Lab has focused originally on the detection of low level mapping of clubroot in Manitoba, but capabilities of the lab have expanded to include testing and mapping for glyphosate-resistant (GR) kochia and most recently testing for blackleg and identification of different blackleg races.
As the founding supporter of the Pest Surveillance Initiative, Manitoba Canola Growers is offering one free clubroot ($125 value), GR kochia ($125 value) and blackleg test ($200 value) for members.
STEP 1: Collect plants from your field following the appropriate sampling guidelines for each test found on the PSI Website.
STEP 2: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your code for your free test.
STEP 3: Visit PSI lab website, select blackleg, clubroot or kochia, and enter in your code and email.
STEP 4: Select MCGA Member and apply code and enter your email address.
NOTE: If you are submitting on behalf of a farmer it is mandatory to include the farmers e-mail address. There will also be the option to include your own email as well so both you and the farmer receive the results directly.
STEP 5: Check the three consent boxes at the bottom of the page.
STEP 6: Click ‘Make Payment’
You will receive an email explaining detailed shipping instructions. Package up your plant material into a padded envelope or small box to protect plant material and ship to address shared.
Test results will be emailed to you.
Blackleg Sampling Guidelines – http://www.mbpestlab.ca/uploads/images/BL_sampling_guidelines_Fall_2018.jpg
Clubroot Sampling Guidelines – http://www.mbpestlab.ca/uploads/documents/sampling-protocol.pdf
Pest Surveillance Initiative (PSI) is a project of the Manitoba Canola Growers Association and Manitoba Agriculture. A grower led effort. Testing available includes:
- Detection of low concentrations of clubroot
- Testing for glyphosate resistant kochia
- Specific gene identification in Blackleg
Watch the video below for a tour of the PSI Lab facility and some of the things they can do.