Free Blackleg Gene Identification Testing for MCGA Members ($200 Value)
Harvest is the perfect time to scout your fields for blackleg and collect a sample for testing through the Pest Surveillance Initiative (PSI) Lab.
New technology now allows farmers to identify what races of blackleg are present in their fields. This allows farmers to choose the canola varieties with resistance gene(s) that will work against isolates present in those fields.
As the founding supporter of the Pest Surveillance Initiative, Manitoba Canola Growers is offering one free blackleg gene test per member ($200 value)
STEP 1: Collect 10-20 plants from 5 sites along a ‘W’ pattern in your field (50-100 total) following the sampling guidelines found on the PSI Website.
STEP 2: Email email@example.com to claim your code for your free test.
STEP 3: Visit PSI lab website, select blackleg and enter in your code and email. Click apply code. Check the 3 consent boxes at the bottom of the page and click ‘Make Payment’.
STEP 4: 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.
STEP 5: Wait for your results. Results typically take around 4 weeks and will be returned to you via email.
Pest Surveillance Initiative (PSI) is a project of the Manitoba Canola Growers Association and Manitoba Agriculture. A grower lead effort. Testing available include:
- 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.
What does the PSI Lab do?