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24th Annual Southwest Crop Diagnostic Days

July 4th & 5th, 2018


A co-operative effort between: Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus; and The Southwest Soil & Crop Improvement Associations.

Providing "hands-on" learning experiences

The diagnostic day is designed specifically to improve the problem solving skills of seed, fertilizer and chemical industry personnel and agricultural consultants.

The Diagnostic Day is an annual event that highlights current topics of interest. The goal of the day is to provide quality, state-of-the-art training in all aspects of crop production and management.

The Southwest Crop Diagnostic Day provides agribusiness personnel with hands-on learning experiences to assist in the correct identification and treatment of crop problems common to southern Ontario. The program provides a real-world environment where agriculturists can hone their crop trouble-shooting skills and evaluate new and alternative managment strategies.

To facilitate discussion with speakers, participants will be broken into small groups of approximately 20 people. Each group will rotate through the ten stops.

Staff from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada will conduct the sessions.

Program Details

Herbicide Injury in Soybeans – a hands-on look at herbicide injury in soybeans. (PM)

Herbicide Injury in Corn – Learn to recognize the symptoms caused by new and common products. (PM)

Beyond Resistance – The various ways Ontario’s herbicide resistant weeds spread. (PM)

Soybean and Corn Disease Management – Learn about SCN resistance management, SDS, Phytophthora Root Rot, NCLB and other hot topics. (PM)

What is Your Soil Trying to Tell You? – Is there something holding your crop back? Is it a pest or fertility – or perhaps something deeper? (SWM)

Carbon Copy Picket Fence Corn, What about Soybeans?  - A discussion on whether plant to plant variability and picket fence stands are as important for soybeans as they are in corn. (CM)

Getting to the Root of It – Fertilizer placement, root growth and how we can impact what goes on beneath our feet. (NM)

Early Soybean Growth and Development – How management decisions such as fertility, variety selection, and planting date are essential components necessary to capture soybeans full yield potential. (CM)

Winter Wheat Disease Management – Fusarium Head Blight, Stripe Rust and more! Hear the latest on managing those tough wheat diseases both in the field and in the bin. (PM)

To Kill a Cover Crop – Termination is a critical part of cover crop management. Control of cereal rye, annual ryegrass and more. (PM)


Regular fee: $100

Door registration fee: $125 based on availablity.


Pre-registration is required for the 2018 Southwest Crop Diagnostic Day. Registration will be limited to 200 registrants per day. The same program will be offered on two separate days, therefore the program will be the same for each day. A receipt/confirmation email will be sent to you prior to the Diagnostic Day. If you are unable to attend as planned, your registration may be transferred to another individual for this year’s program or you can register for 2019 Diagnostic Day (for an additional cost of $50.00). No refunds will be granted.


2018 Crop Diagnositc Days have now passed.
Please come back May 2019 to regsiter for the 2019 Crop Diagnostic Days.

Door Registration

Door Registration will be based on availability. Fee $125

Contact Information

Registration enquiries: 1-866-222-9682

General enquiries:519-674-1690


ALL ACTIVITIES ARE OUTDOORS, for safety concerns, closed footwear is required.

Program and Materials

All participants will receive a reference packet containing relevant publications from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus and various agricultural industry sources.  Information in the packet will include topics on many of the fertility, insect, weed, disease and general crop problems encountered at the diagnostic day.

Application has been made to offer participants continuing education units in the areas of Pest Management; Crop Management, Nutrient Management and Soil and Water Management, for Certified Crop Advisors. Complete details will be contained in the reference package handed out on the day of the event.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.  The program will start at 8:45 a.m. sharp and conclude at 3:00 p.m.  All parts of the program will be conducted at the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus, Ridgetown, Ontario.  Refreshments and a complimentary lunch will be provided by sponsors.

Map showing driving route o University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus

Ridgetown Campus is located on County Road 17, 6 km south of Hwy. 401 (Exit 109) and 6 km north of Hwy. 3 at Morpeth. We are located on the east side of the town of Ridgetown.

Reviewed 06/30/2018