Corn residue management, edible bean spraying and robots on the farm – RealAgriculture


It’s time for Day 6 of Ontario Diagnostic Days!

The annual Ontario Field Crop Diagnostic Days held in Ridgetown, Elora and Winchester are virtual again in 2021. Management tips for corn, soybeans and dry beans; learn from your soil; and the role robotic technology plays on the farm are all featured in this episode.

We’ll start with the soil management specialist from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Sébastien Belliard and the agronomist PT Sullivan Paul Sullivan. They will explain how reading soil and roots can take your crop management system to the next level.

We’re then joined by Meghan Moran, OMAFRA Edible Bean Specialist, and Jason Deveau, Application Technology Specialist. They will take us into the canopy of crops and share tips on how to spray dry beans more effectively.

From there we head to Lambton County to join OMAFRA corn specialist Ben Rosser and Anderson Agronomic Services agronomist Chad Anderson. They are sharing what they are learning from trials designed to understand how to better manage residues in strip corn.

Soy is next as OMAFRA soybean specialist Horst Bohner and Pioneer agronomist Greg Stopps assess soybean stands. They will count plants, discuss the number of growers growers need, and share replanting and sewing strategies.

We will end the show with robots. In this segment, OMAFRA Crop Innovation Specialist Ian McDonald meets with Managing Director of Haggerty Creek Ltd. Chuck Baresich to talk about the evolution of robotic technology on the farm. (More information on the series after the video.)

The organizing committees of these three highly successful education and field learning events are partnering again with crop researchers and extensionists, along with the support of RealAgriculture and a host of sponsors for you. offer an eight-episode series of Ontario Diagnostic Days.

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 series kicked off with this hour-long episode on Tuesday, July 20. A new episode is released every two weeks, Tuesdays at 9 am EST, until November 2, 2021. Each episode will highlight a general agronomic theme of field crops and will be available here on RealAgriculture for viewing, as well as on the website OMAFRA Field Crop News Web. All episodes will also be available in our main podcast feed.

The virtual video series gives OMAFRA’s field crop team, University of Guelph research colleagues and industry agronomists the opportunity to provide diagnostic information in a new way, by sharing this that participants expect from Diagnostic Days in Ridgetown, Elora and Winchester. . As part of the offer, continuing education credits (CEU) will also be available.

Historically, these in-person diagnostic days have provided some of the best opportunities for Certified Agricultural Advisors (CCAs) to acquire a wide range of CEUs.

Certified agricultural advisers will be able to collect eight PDUs per register for the event here. Registration is required for processing CEU credit requests and can be completed until December 1, 2021. Instructions for requesting CEUs will be provided during each episode.

Videos are free and registration is not required for Grain Farmers of Ontario members, the media, and those not requesting CEU credits.

Registration Fee – Only required if you are requesting CEU credits

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

Click here to view past episodes of Ontario Diagnostic Days.


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