Ontario Diagnostic Day 2: Tackling plant disease and yield-robbing pests

Buckle up, it’s time for Episode 2 of Ontario Diagnostic Days!

Managing plant disease and insects is the focus of Day 2. Watch below, for:

  • We kick things off with a report from Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ field crops pathologist Albert Tenuta, who shares identification and management strategies for two yield-robbing soybean diseases — phytophthora root rot and fusarium wilt.
  • We’re then joined by Tracey Baute, OMAFRA’s field crop entomologist. Baute reviews the latest pest challenges she’s seeing in the 2020 cropping year and takes a close look at those beneficial insects, or natural enemies, that work hard in your fields to help control pests that injure crops and reduce yield.
  • For our third video feature, Tenuta returns to offer tips on managing sudden death syndrome in soybeans.
  • We wrap up Day 2 with a virtual pathologist roundtable featuring Tenuta, Michigan State University’s Martin Chilvers and Darcy Telenko from Purdue University. They discuss tar spot — a new corn leaf disease that’s spreading across the Corn Belt. It’s also having a big impact in Michigan and it’s headed for Ontario.

Ontario Diagnostic Days are brought to you by OMAFRA, University of Guelph and the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association with sponsorship support from the following  organizations: The Grain Farmers of Ontario, Agris Co-operative, BASF, Bayer/Dekalb, Corteva/Pioneer, Great Lakes Grain, The Mosaic Company, RealAgriculture, and Syngenta.

Check out Day 2 — story continues after the video

The virtual video series gives the OMAFRA field crop team and research colleagues from the University of Guelph an opportunity to deliver diagnostic insights in a new way, sharing what attendees have come to expect from Diagnostic Days.

Day 1 of Ontario Diagnostic Days debuted July 15. The virtual diagnostic series was launched after after COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the popular Diagnostic Days held each July at Ridgetown, Elora, and Winchester, Ont.

The series consists of eight, one-hour episodes. A new episode is published every two weeks, Wednesdays at 9 am Eastern through to October 21, 2020. Each episode will highlight a general field crop agronomic theme and will be available here on RealAgriculture for viewing, as well as the OMAFRA Field Crop News website. All episodes will also be available in our main podcast feed.

Historically, these in-person diagnostic days have provided some of the best opportunities for certified crop advisors (CCAs) to acquire a broad range of CEUs.

Certified crop advisors are able to collect eight CEUs by registering for the event at: https://bdc.ridgetownc.com/useservices/conferencemanagement/southwest-crop-diagnostic-days/. Registration is required for processing CEU credit requests and can be done up to December 1, 2020. A CEU code will be provided on screen at various points during each episode.

The videos are free and registration is not required for Grain Farmers of Ontario members, media, and those not seeking CEU credits.

Registration Fees  — Only required if applying for CEU Credits

·      $100 (includes HST) for eight CEU credits. A receipt/confirmation email will be provided.

The next Diagnostic Day tackles insect and disease management, and will be published Aug. 12, 2020.

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