Wheat School: A Look at 30 Years of Wheat Production in Ontario via Wheat Pete

Peter Johnson talking glyphosate resistant fleabane, 2013.
Peter Johnson talking red clover, 2013.

Peter Johnson, cereal specialist with Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, will be moving on after February 4, a day that marks 30 years with the ministry. But, it doesn’t sound like Johnson will be retiring from agriculture any time soon.

“We have to get back to that thought process of protecting the soil and figuring out why growers think no-till doesn’t work. So that’s one of my next challenges,” says Johnson in the following interview. “I’m just as keen to stay involved in agriculture today as I was thirty years ago, in fact maybe more so.”

@WheatPete, as the twitterverse knows Johnson, is well-known for his contagious enthusiasm for agriculture.

If I’m going to do something, I have to give it 172.3%… It’s hard not to be passionate when you love what you do.

In light of the news of Johnson’s retirement from OMAFRA, Bernard Tobin took the time to sit down with the ‘Wild Man’ in a candid interview that explores his passion, research, the evolution of wheat production in Ontario and the future of both crop and man.

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