Pest Control Programs

Clubroot

clubrootClubroot Policy 6056 is intended to prevent the establishment and spread of Clubroot within the boundaries of Lamont County. Random field inspections will be conducted by the inspectors appointed by the Agriculture Service Board. A minimum of 25 fields will be inspected where Canola, Mustard and Cole crops are currently being grown. Testing methods will exactly follow standard protocols provided by the Alberta Clubroot Management Committee. Landowners will be notified in writing if their land tests positive for Clubroot. To learn where Clubroot was found in Lamont County in the past year download the 2018 Clubroot Map.

Please be aware that if you live in an area that has been tested as negative, or if you yourself have been tested as negative for clubroot, you are NOT guaranteed to be free of clubroot.

It is imperative that you continue to practice clubroot protocols in order to restrict its spread. If you have any questions on what this entails, or questions on clubroot in the County, please contact the Agricultural Services Department.

To learn more about Clubroot as well as methods of prevention and management of the disease please go to Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development or the Alberta Clubroot Management Plan. Please forward any questions or concerns to the Lamont County Agriculture Service Board Department at 780-895-2585.

Gopher Control

Damage caused by Richardson’s ground squirrels ranges from an occasional headache for some to a significant loss of crop production to others. The most common types of ground squirrel damage are crop loss through direct consumption and reduced production due to plant injury and trampling. In addition, downtime and repair costs due to damage to hay binds as well as physical injury to livestock with ground squirrel burrows and those of badgers are also major concerns.

Rural residents in Lamont County are able to purchase 2% strychnine products to aid them in controlling gophers directly from the ASB office at an affordable cost.

Predation Control

2009-Coyote-YosemiteCoyotes cause over 75% of the predation losses of livestock in Alberta. Livestock producers can prevent or reduce coyote predation with fencing, good herd management, guardian animals, frightening devices and various lethal control methods. Lamont County ASB provides valuable information on coyote control strategies and also dispenses 1080 coyote control tablets through the ASB office. More information on pest control is also available on the Alberta Agriculture and Food website.

Private Control Services

The Coyote Crew – Ed Whitelock, Rick Potts, Dave Oakie, and crew

We use predator calls and attempt to solve local problems rather than perform a general area coyote reduction hunt. Our hunting is generally in the winter where we use the sale of the hides to cover our costs, thus no request for payment from the landowners, only permission to hunt on their land and possibly adjacent landowners. Our activities extend to summer months to help with rodent (gopher) infestations.

Should you feel we could be of some assistance to your municipality or Lamont County landowners, you/they may contact Ed Whitelock at 780-922-3880 h, 780-977-3880 cell,or Rick Potts at 780-922-4117 h 780-405-3564 cell. Should you require further information or contacts, we have a list of all our members available.

Grasshopper Control

Grasshopper numbers vary from year to year. When grasshopper numbers are low, damage is minimal. When numbers are high, damage can be significant and producers should consider management options.

Lamont County offers compensation to producers treating their fields for grasshoppers. Detailed information can be found in our Grasshopper Control Policy (6041).

Beaver Control

In Alberta, beaver problems occur wherever there are trees and water. In these areas, beaver cause problems by flooding cultivated land, hay fields, pasture land, roadways and often detour or restrict water flow in stream ways.

Lamont County conducts beaver control to protect County infrastructure. Information for beaver control on private land on behalf of the County can be found in the Beaver Dam Flood Control Policy (6070).

Additional Pest Control

There are additional pest control policies for pests such as Fusarium (Policy 6055) and Blackleg (Policy 6053). For more information on Fusarium read Alberta Agriculture and Forestry's Alberta Fusarium Graminearum Management Plan and watch the following video: