The County of Minburn No. 27 would like to invite applications for the position of Herbicide Applicator.
This is a seasonal position beginning approximately May 1st and ending approximately September 30th.
Job duties will include, herbicide application of noxious weeds on County road allowance, grass seeding of newly constructed roads, cleanup and maintenance of three pesticide container sites, and other related duties.
Applicants should possess a valid Alberta Pesticide Applicators license or ability to acquire same, this season.
A general knowledge of equipment repair and maintenance would also be an asset.
Interested candidates may submit a resume and references to the undersigned by March 24, 2017.
Director of Agriculture and Utility Services
Agricultural Service Board Office
County of Minburn No. 27
Vegreville, Alberta T9C 1R6
Telephone: Office 780 – 632 – 4033
CLUBROOT OF CANOLA DISEASE
A Declared Pest under the Alberta Agricultural Pest Act
Incidences of Clubroot of Canola Disease are on the rise in the County of Minburn. Clubroot is a soil borne disease spread by the movement of topsoil from one parcel to another on machinery.
Clubroot Disease causes large galls to form on the root of a healthy canola plant which limit uptake of nutrients from the soil and cause premature ripening, shrivelling of seed and shelling out of the pods.
These galls then mature and release several hundred thousand spores into the soil. These spores then attach themselves to the soil and are ready to be spread around the field or to other parcels by attaching themselves to machinery.
Preventative measures include:
- Taking precaution to ensure all machinery is clean and free of topsoil prior to moving to another parcel.
- Utilizing varieties known to show resistance to the Clubroot pathogen (although resistance can break down and prove ineffective in a tight canola rotation).
- Spread out Canola rotations to limit spread and spore content.
- Recreational and Industrial users – Please insure you have permission of landowner prior to entering property and that your equipment/all-terrain vehicle is clean and free of topsoil both when entering and exiting the land.
So far all known instances and detection of Clubroot disease have been located in the area of the County west of highway 36. No incidences have been located in the area east of highway 36; however preventative measures should still be undertaken.
For further information please contact the Agricultural Service Board Office at