Root rot was rampant in pulse crops this year, due to the wet conditions.

Dr. Bruce Gossen, research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, says root rot has become more prevalent on the prairies as the popularity of pulse crops continues to increase.

He notes new diseases such as aphanomyces are becoming a real problem.

"We don't have any resistance, we don't have good seed treatments and the pathogen can stay in the ground for a long time, even in the absence of a host," explained Gossen.

He says this past year was especially bad for disease and yield loss to the wet conditions.

Gossen adds the good news is that there are research groups working diligently to combat the issue.