Top Crop Manager

Virtual Event
Top Crop Summit 2022 – Eastern Summit
February 16, 2022 at 10:00am ET

10:45 a.m. ET
Targeting tar spot in Ontario corn fields


  • Albert Tenuta, Field Crop Pathologist - Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Damon Smith, Associate Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist at UW-Madison

This session has been approved for one CCA-CEU in Integrated Pest Management.

Albert Tenuta

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, Ont. 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.

Albert’s contribution to extension, communication and applied research has been recognized by the Ontario Agricultural College (University of Guelph) – “T.R Hillard Distinguished Extension Award,” inaugural recipient Canadian Phytopathological Society – “Achievements in Plant Disease Management (Extension) Award,” American Phytopathological Society North Central Division – “Distinguished Service Award” and other individual and collaborative awards.

Damon Smith
Damon Smith is an Associate Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist at UW-Madison. Damon is also the director of the Nutrient and Pest Management Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Damon’s responsibilities include research and extension efforts that focus on improving our understanding of the epidemiology of plant pathogens in order to develop better control recommendations for the sustainable management of field and forage crop diseases. Damon is a native of Western New York State. He earned his B.S. in Biological Sciences at the State University of New York, College at Geneseo, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from North Carolina State University. Prior to Damon’s appointment at UW he was an assistant professor and extension specialist at Oklahoma State University.