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2021 Ontario Virtual Crop Diagnostic Days


The 2020 Ontario Virtual Crop Diagnsotic Days was a huge success and builds on the long tradition the annual Field Crop Diagnostic Days held at Ridgetown, Elora and Winchester established just in a different format. Our success would not be possible without our participants, sponsors, speakers and all the volunteers involved! A BIG THANKS from all of us!

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 again this year, the organizing committees have decided to combine Southwest (Ridgetown), Elora and Eastern Ontario (Winchester) Crop Diagnostic Days into a provincial diagnostic video series for a second season with the support of our sponsors.

The 2021Ontario Virtual Diagnostic Days will consist of a 1-hour episode every two weeks starting Tuesday July 20 through October 26, 2021. Each episode will consist of a general field crop agronomic theme with various topics which are current and relevant to farmers, crop consultants, retailers basically anyone involved in agriculture! Each episode/podcast will be available at and (schedule below) and can be viewed any time, when you want!

CEU credits will be available for each episode (8 total) but registration and payment is required ONLY if applying for CEU credits. Farmers, media and those not requesting CEU credits for the event DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER!

It all starts Tuesday July 20 with the Awesome Weed Specialist Duo of Dr. Peter Sikkema (UG Ridgetown Campus) and Mike Cowbrough (OMAFRA) LIVE taking on the “Hot Topics in Weed Management in Ontario”, so bring your questions – you don’t want to miss this!

Historically, in-person diagnostic days have provided some of the best opportunities for Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) to acquire a broad range of Continuing Education Units (CEU). Certified Crop Advisors will be able to collect 8 CEUs by registering for the event. CEU registration is a requirement and is open until December 1, 2021. A unique code will be provided at the end of each episode.


This series is being brought to you by the partnership of the event organizing committees, OSCIA, OMAFRA, and University of Guelph/UGRC.

The organizing commitee would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the 2021 Ontario Diagnostic Days Virtual Series: 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.

HOW TO REGISTER: (Only required if applying for CEU Credits)

  • $100 (plus HST) for 8 CEU credits. A receipt/confirmation email will be provided. Registration and CEU credits open until December 1, 2020.
  • Please make sure your pop-up blockers are off


Farmers, media and those not requesting CEU credits for the event  DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER!   

AGAIN this year, all Grain Farmers of Ontario farmer-members can participate in this innovative diagnostic and management series free of charge and registration is not required unless CEU credits are desired, thanks to the sponsorship of Grain Farmers of Ontario.  

Program Themes and Schedule 

Schedule and Theme will be updated throughout the season

View all 8 episodes on or

LIVESTREAM occurs at 10 am for Episodes 1 (July 20 Lauch), 3 (August 17) and 8 (October 26) at

Episode Number Available Date & Time Primary theme

Series Launch


10:00 a.m. July 20, 2021

Weed Management PROS - Dr. Peter Sikkema (UGRC) and Mike Cowbrough (OMAFRA)

Episode 2 10:00 a.m. Aug. 3, 2021

Cover Crops, Pasture Management, Soybeans, Corn and More! 


Episode 3 (LIVE) 10:00 a.m. Aug. 17, 2021

Insect/Disease Management - Tracey Baute (OMAFRA) and Albert Tenuta (OMAFRA)

Episode 4 10:00 a.m. Aug. 31, 2021

Agronomy Hot Topics or

Episode 5 10:00 a.m. Sept. 14, 2021

Soil Health, Water and Nutrient Management or

Episode 6 10:00 a.m. Sept. 28, 2021

Crop Production Snippets! or

Episode 7 10:00 a.m. Oct. 12, 2021

Weather, Production Decisions and Lessons Learned in 2021 or

Episode 8 (LIVE) 10:00 a.m. Oct. 26, 2021

Agronomists Tips '22 and Year End RoundUp! - Dr. Dave Hooker (UGRC) and Dr. Francois Tardiff (UofG)

Check here for CEU Credit Listing

All times listed are EST

All episodes and podcasts can be viewed at any time on or


Do you have questions about registration or the schedule? EMAIL US

Thank You for your continued support and please be safe!

Albert Tenuta, OMAFRA, SWCDD

Ian McDonald, OMAFRA, ECDD

Sebastian Belliard, OMAFRA, EOCDD


Reviewed 07/20/2021