By Shannon Chant, PAg, Crops Extension Specialist, Swift Current
The 2022 Crop Diagnostic School will be back this July, in person, in Swift Current. The event is an in-depth training opportunity for agronomists and producers to improve their crop scouting skills and further their agronomic knowledge.
Crop Diagnostic School will be a one-day event hosted by Wheatland Conservation Area. You can choose to attend the school on either July 26 or July 27. Registration starts at 8 a.m. on both days and wraps up at 2:30 p.m. Each day will be identical in material.
Stations this year include:
- The weed identification station will improve your identification of commonly found and misidentified broadleaf weed seedlings. The session will also include more information and discussion about noxious weeds and weed seed longevity.
- The disease station will have demonstrations and information on root rot in pulses, corn diseases, verticillium stripe in canola and disease in cereals.
- The insect station will have identification tips and tricks for common Saskatchewan insect pests as well as which insects may be a concern in 2022. Insect scouting and sweeping will also be covered.
- The herbicide station will have a herbicide matrix that demonstrates herbicide injury symptomology from different groups of herbicides on cereals, oilseeds and pulses as well as weeds.
- The soils station will be separated into three parts, how higher levels of seed placed nitrogen can affect seedling survival, how different crops can tolerate varying levels of salinity and a soil pit dug on site.
Attendees should come prepared for weather (bring rain gear, rubber boots, sunscreen, hat, etc.) as the event will proceed rain or shine. To help reduce the spread of clubroot, please ensure your footwear can be worn under plastic booties, as this will be required on-site.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are pending for Certified Crop Advisors.
Limited spaces are available, so register early to guarantee your spot! More information is available at 2022 Saskatchewan Crop Diagnostic School or by contacting your local crops extension specialist.