Ontario Diagnostic Day 2: Cover crops, forage quality, and what your wheat is telling you

Peter Johnson, Joanna Follings and Russ Barker.

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

The annual Ontario field crop diagnostic days held at Ridgetown, Elora, and Winchester are again virtual in 2021. Cover crops, forage and wheat management is the focus of this episode.

We get started with Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs soil management specialists Anne Verhallen and Jake Munroe as they visit with farmer Greg Cruickshank at his farm near Drumbo, Ontario. Verhallen and Munroe will share tips for cover crop management as well as some lessons they’ve learned in 2021.

From there we head east to connect with Christine O’Reilly, OMAFRA’s forage and grazing specialist. O’Reilly shares how a windrow moisture sampler can contribute to top quality hay. She’ll show us how to build the sampler, test it and and how to put it to work in the field.

We then travel west to Elora, Ontario to talk wheat with OMAFRA cereals specialist Joanna Follings, and agronomists Russ Barker from  Corteva/Pioneer Hi-Bred and RealAgriculture’s Peter Johnson. Our trio will take a close look at what your wheat is telling you, including manure management, spread pattern variability and nutrient deficiencies. (More about the series after the video.)

The organizing committees of these three highly successful in-field education and learning events are again partnering with crop researchers and extension, along with support from RealAgriculture and a host of sponsors to bring you a series of eight Ontario Diagnostic Days episodes.

We would like to thank the following sponsoring organizations: The Grain Farmers of Ontario, AGRIS Co-operative, BASF, Bayer/DeKalb, Corteva/Pioneer, Great Lakes Grain, Maizex Seeds, The Mosaic Company, PRIDE Seeds, RealAgriculture, and Syngenta.

The virtual video series gives the OMAFRA field crop team, research colleagues from the University of Guelph, and industry agronomists an opportunity to deliver diagnostic insights in a new way, sharing what attendees have come to expect from Diagnostic Days at Ridgetown, Elora, and Winchester. As part of the offering, continuing education credits (CEU) will also be available.

The series kicked off with this one-hour episode on Tuesday, July 20. A new episode is published every two weeks, on Tuesdays at 9 am Eastern, through to November 2, 2021. 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 will be able to collect eight CEUs by registering for the event here. Registration is required for processing CEU credit requests and can be done up to December 1, 2021. Directions for applying for CEUs will be provided 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 (plus HST) for eight CEU credits. A receipt/confirmation email will be provided.

Click here for previous Ontario Diagnostic Days episodes.

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