Ontario Diagnostic Days

The annual Ontario field crop diagnostic days held at Ridgetown, Elora and Winchester have been a huge success because of the commitment from participants, sponsors, speakers and volunteers. COVID-19 has created many unique challenges and the safety of all those involved is of utmost concern. Although the summer in-field Ridgetown, Elora and Winchester events have been cancelled, the organizing committees have decided to combine SWCDD, Elora Crop Diagnostic Day and Eastern Ontario Crop Diagnostic Day (Winchester) into a provincial diagnostic video series with support from RealAgriculture and our sponsors.

This second season of the Ontario Virtual Diagnostic Days Series will consist of a 1-hour episode every two weeks starting Tuesday, July 20 through October 26, 2021. Each episode will highlight a general field crop agronomic theme and will be available here on RealAgriculture and fieldcropnews.com. Plus, all episodes will be available in our main podcast feed.

Continuing Education Credits

Historically, these in-person diagnostic days have provided some of the best opportunities for Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) to acquire a broad range of Continuing Education Credits (CEU).

Certified Crop Advisors will be able to collect 8 CEU by registering for the credits after each episode. Registration is only a requirement so we can process CEU credit requests. A CEU code will be provided at end of each episode. Those not applying for CEU credits need not register and there is no fee for viewing or participating in the series.

GFO Farmer-Members Participate Free

Grain Farmers of Ontario farmer-members can participate in this innovative diagnostic and management series free of charge, thanks to the sponsorship of Grain Farmers of Ontario.

Registration Fees for CEU Credits:

  • $100 (plus HST) for 8 CEU credits. A receipt/confirmation email will be provided
  • Those not applying for CEU credits need not register and there is no fee for viewing or participating in the series


This series is being brought to you by the partnership of the event organizing committees and OMAFRA, University of Guelph, and OSCIA. The organizing committee would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the 2021 Ontario Diagnostic Days Virtual Series:

  • Grain Farmers of Ontario
  • Agris Co-operative
  • BASF
  • Bayer/Dekalb
  • Corteva/Pioneer
  • Great Lakes Grain FS
  • Maizex Seeds
  • Mosaic
  • PRIDE Seeds
  • Syngenta

Program Themes and Schedule

Release Schedule About the Episode
Episode 1 — July 20, 2021 @ 10 AM EST LIVE! SERIES LAUNCH! Join us LIVE! on Youtube, Facebook, or Twitter with the weed management PROS, Peter Sikkema and Mike Cowbrough
Episode 2 — August 3, 2021 @ 10 AM EST Cover Crops, forage management and what your wheat is telling you
Episode 3 — August 17, 2021 @ 10 AM EST LIVE! A special LIVE! episode on insect and disease management with OMAFRA’s Tracey Baute and Albert Tenuta
Episode 4 — August 31, 2021 @ 10 AM EST Planting and feeding soybeans, Canada fleabane control, and bleaching corn
Episode 5 — September 14, 2021 @ 10 AM EST Assessing soil health, cover crops, and soybean nutrient deficiencies
Episode 6 — September 28, 2021 @ 10 AM EST Robots, soil compaction and roots, and spraying edible beans
Episode 7 — October 12, 2021 @ 10 AM EST Agronomy Hot Topics: Tar spot, plant growth regulator, & manganese deficiency
Episode 8 — October 26, 2021 @ 10 AM EST LIVE! A LIVE! episode: Agronomists Tips ‘22 and Year End RoundUp! Drs. Dave Hooker and Francois Tardif

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