Jointly organized by the University of Guelph, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), the Golden Horseshoe and Heartland Regional Soil and Crop Improvement Associations, the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) and various agribusiness partners
Please Note: On-Site sign-in starts at 8:45am, with sessions running from 9:30am to 4:00pm, with a break for lunch.
Visit the Register page for details on registion for the day.
FarmSmart Session Topics
|1||Agronomy Enlightenments from 20 years of Long Term Crop Rotation Experiments
Bill Deen and Dave Hooker, UG
|Bill and Dave will walk the groups through the long term crop rotation trials and through observation and discussion of data tables of past results lead the groups in understanding the implications of rotation decisions and cropping/tillage practices on short and long term economics and agronomic outcomes.|
Horst Bohner, Greg Stewart, Bonnie Ball and Brian Hall, OMAFRA
The group will discuss the following for corn and soybeans:
|3||Recognizing Crop Injury Symptoms in Corn and Soybeans and Managing Glyphosate Resistant Weeds.
Mike Cowbrough, OMAFRA
|Herbicide injury causes, symptoms and impacts on corn and soybean yield will be reviewed along with strategies for managing glyphosate resistant weeds.|
|4||Keeping Up with New Spray Technology
Helmut Spieser, OMAFRA and Dr. Tom Wolf, AAFC Saskatoon
|Tom and Helmut, two of Canada’s eminent application technology experts will review recent releases in nozzle technology and the decision making process applicators need to go through in choosing the right equipment for the job and the conditions. They will also address the implications and impacts of drift, ie how to reduce it but recognizing that nothing eliminates it!|
|5||Polishing Your Aphid Scouting Skills
Tom Cowan, OMAFRA
|Tom will demonstrate how to effectively use the new Aphid Advisor Smartphone Application developed by the University of Guelph and OMAFRA in partnership with Agnition. Producers with Smartphones will be encouraged to have the application on their phones so they can put the coaching into direct practice. Tom will further discuss identification of beneficial insects which are an important component of the Aphid Advisor data inputs for ensuring accurate and effective recommendations from the scouting effort. The group will discuss how best to count aphids and beneficals as impacted by density and distribution of insects within the fields being scouted.|
|6||Wheat Fertility Options with K and N
Peter Johnson, OMAFRA
|Peter will discuss and demonstrate the strategies that will maximize the benefit of fertilizer use in wheat including timing in crop, in the rotation, placement, rates among others.|
NB: Sessions 1 and 2 are 60 minutes each, the remainder are 30 minutes sessions, minus a few minutes for travel between sessions. In the morning sessions 1 and 2 will rotate and 3 thru 6 will rotate. After lunch this will switch so that morning groups from sessions 1 and 2 will do the 3 thru 6 rotation.