The Canadian government will be investing CAD$3.4M (US$2.5M) to improve management practices and tackle emerging and established canola diseases.

The investment announced on 15 August would be for the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission (SaskCanola) to study genomic resistance, pathology and integrated crop management.

The research project aimed to further control the blackleg disease in canola and understand more about the emerging verticillium stripe disease in Canada.

The investment was funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriScience Program and built upon a previous announcement of up to CAD$12.1M (US$9M) under the same project for the Canola Council of Canada to advance the sector’s growth and profitability, the government said.

“Our objective is to ensure farmers have access to the latest technology to manage pests in their operations while also providing quality assurance to our global customers,” said SaskCanola research chair Bernie McClean.

The government press release said canola had been the largest crop in Canada in terms of farm cash receipts since 2010 and accounted for more than one-fifty of all cropland.