2015 Crop Diagnostic School
July 28, 2015
The Crop Diagnostic School will be held in Outlook on July 28 or 29 or 30, 2015 (one day only).
The Crop Diagnostic School will be a one-day, hands-on learning opportunity to examine plants, dig in the soil, pull weeds, catch insects and hone your diagnostic skills. The six focus areas are:
- Insect Scouting and Identification - learn how to use a sweep net and how to identify pests and beneficial insects in a real field situation. Insect specimens, both alive and preserved, will be available as well.
- Disease Scouting and Identification - test your knowledge of cereal leaf diseases, Fusarium Head Blight, canola diseases, pulse root rots, and pasmo in flax. Experts will be on hand to assist with identification and to teach you about disease diagnostics.
- Weed Identification - Learn how to sample and collect plants to be sent into the crop protection lab for identification, as well as how to sample and collect weed seeds that you suspect are herbicide resistant. You will also hone your weed identification skills for common winter annual and perennial weeds. For those looking for an extra challenge, weed seed identification will also be on hand.
- Using Imagery as a Diagnostic Tool - Participants will have an opportunity to learn about how soil maps, electrical conductivity (EC) maps, satellite images and high resolution images can be used in crop diagnostics. You will analyze these resources from the same parcel of land to identify areas that require further investigation. Committee members will share their knowledge of problem areas identified in the images.
- Fertility/Soils/Nodulation - this year there will be several stations that demonstrate a salinity gradient, fertility trial, nutrient depleted soils and an overwatered nodulation trial. If time permits, participants will practice hand texturing and discuss soil profiles.
- Herbicide Injury Symptoms and Application Technology - Observe how water quality has a major influence on the effectiveness of certain herbicides and how it can cause serious damage to various field crops. Improper sprayer cleanout is a major cause of residual herbicide damage. Learn the tricks of the trade for proper sprayer cleanout.
There will be a drone (UAV) flight observation at the end of each day.
To register, please visit www.prairiecca.ca and follow the link under the Crop Diagnostic School 2015.
Space is limited so please register early to ensure your spot.