4:40PM  Panel presentation featuring OMAFRA Field Crop Specialists

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Albert Tenuta graduated from the University of Toronto in Plant Pathology and since 1991 has been the Field Crop Extension Plant Pathologist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) based at the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus in Ridgetown, Ontario, Canada.  Albert’s responsibilities with OMAFRA include applied research and development of leading-edge packaged information and resource materials for educating and training producers, agri-business, students, extension personnel, and other specialists on field-crop diseases and nematodes. He is actively involved in many large North American regional disease management research projects and extension initiatives such as the Crop Protection Network and the SCN Coalition.


Resistant Root Worm and Potential Impacts on Livestock

Tracey Baute grew up on a cash crop farm in Tilbury, Ontario and has been the Field Crop Entomologist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for 20 years. Her recent areas of focus include research and extension work on Bt corn resistance and managing western bean cutworm, corn rootworm and European corn borer while keeping an eye on potential new invasive pest threats for Ontario. A major portion of her time is currently spent as the administrator of the Great Lakes and Maritime Pest Monitoring Network. Tracey is currently the chair of the Canadian Corn Pest Coalition and co-chair of the Surveillance Working Group of the Canadian Plant Health Council.

Christine O’Reilly is the Forage and Grazing Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs. Her areas of focus include the benefits of forages and grazing within cropping systems, forage production and grazing systems for northern Ontario, and improving the productivity and profitability of forages. Christine joined the ministry in 2017 and is based out of the Lindsay office.


Winter Barley and Winter Canola in the Rotation

Joanna Follings is the Cereals Specialist with OMAFRA based out of Stratford. Some of her areas of interest include the long-term profitability and sustainability of winter wheat production in Ontario, and market diversification for spring cereals and fertility management. Joanna originally hails from Ayr, Ontario where her family continues to operate a dairy and cash crop farm.

Meghan Moran is the Canola & Edible Bean Specialist with OMAFRA. With the increasing interest in winter canola in Ontario, Moran has worked closely with producers and researchers to develop information on best practices for winter canola planting and successful winter survival. Articles on winter canola management can be found at FieldCropNews.com.