Ontario Diagnostic Day 5: Staging crops for yield and productivity


It’s time for Day 5 of the virtual Ontario Diagnostic Days!

This week we’ll look at crop staging and how you can use an understanding of plant development to make better management decisions. We’ll call on a host of Ontario soil researchers, agronomists, and extension specialists to cover everything from soybeans, to canola and forage, to corn, and cereals.

The line-up includes Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs cereals specialist Joanna Follings; forage and grazing specialist Christine O’Reilly; canola and edible beans specialist Meghan Moran; soybean specialist Horst Bohner; and, field crops pathologist Albert Tenuta. RealAgriculture agronomist Peter Johnson and University of Guelph associate professor David Hooker are also featured.

Here’s a look at the line-up for Episode 5:

  • We get started with Horst Bohner. He takes us from the soybean VE stage all the way to R8 and highlights management opportunities throughout the season.
  • Follings and Johnson then offer tips on how effective management during key crop development stages throughout the season helps grow great wheat.
  • O’Reilly takes a look at grass management and discusses how and why staging grasses is critical for top forage production.
  • Hooker is next up. He reviews the three different methods growers can use to stage a corn crop.
  • The focus then shifts to canola where Moran highlights the oilseed’s critical growth stages and the role they play in managing crop inputs, disease, pests and harvest timing.
  • Tenuta and Hooker wrap up the episode with an inside look at local disease testing in cereal and corn disease nurseries, and the key role this research plays in the success of Ontario growers.

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: Grain Farmers of Ontario, Agris Co-operative, BASF, Bayer/Dekalb, Corteva/Pioneer, Great Lakes Grain, The Mosaic Company, RealAgriculture, and Syngenta.

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.

The virtual diagnostic series was launched 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 will focus on sprayer application, and will be published September 23, 2020.

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