Preliminary report about club root found in Big Lakes County shows half of field samples are positive for the disease

Mac Olsen
Express Staff

Big Lakes County has collected soil samples on 26 fields and, so far, 13 of them have been confirmed to have Club Root.

Of the remainder, 10 are negative and three are still being analyzed.

Normand Boulet, the ag fieldman for the M.D. of Smoky River No. 130, discussed this as part of his report at the M.D. council meeting on Oct. 11. The samples were sent to a diagnostic labs.

Within the M.D. of Smoky River No. 130, his department continues their inspections for club root, but none has been found so far.

Boulet also noted that Agriculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier still hasn’t responded to the issue of genetically modified alfalfa. The matter is still under review.

The M.D. is among a group of municipalities seeking to make it a prohibited noxious weed in their bylaws.

Also, the M.D. continues its mowing program in flood control ditches. It’s being done for the best flood control in the spring.

Director of Operations report

Kevin Cymbaluk, the director of operations, also gave his report.

Road construction projects are being finished. An engineering study is being conduct for the Little Smoky Ski Hill, for a water upgrade. Tarmac repairs to the airport by Donnelly must wait until 2018.

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