Ontario Diagnostic Day 7: Digging into planter setup, residue, and replants

It’s time for Day 7 of the virtual Ontario Diagnostic Days!

In this episode, we’re talking management strategies for soybeans and corn — everything from planter setup, to replant decisions, and residue management.

  • First up, is Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) soybean specialist Horst Bohner as he sets up to plant soybeans. He’ll share insights on the importance of downforce, seeding depth, and speed. Then, Bohner will walk us through a soybean trial he planted this spring to assess how these planter variables impact soybean emergence.
  • Then, hear from OMAFRA corn lead, Ben Rosser. We’ll look at corn replant considerations and lessons learned during the cool 2020 spring conditions.
  • Soil management specialist Jake Munroe and Brett Israel from 3Gen Organics share what they’ve learned from growing organic no-till soybeans in a cereal rye cover crop.
  • Soil pathologist Albert Tenuta is back on this episode to share tips on controlling soybean cyst nematodes; and finally,
  • We’ll dig into residue management with Bohner to share his take on the role vertical tillage can play in soybean production, plus crops innovation specialist Ian MacDonald is joined by farmers Lawrence Hogan and Steve Howard, to talk about a new machine they use to manage corn residue ahead of twin-row soybean planting.

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 goes live on October 21, 2020!

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