Wheat Pete's Word, March 16: A Crazy Spring, The Crop of All Crops, and Roasting Soybeans


Another Word from the road! This week, Peter Johnson is hitting the stage in Saskatoon and Brandon, as part of the TechTourLIVE traveling roadshow.

In this episode, Johnson covers these crazy spring conditions, weed control, “the crop of all crops,” and roasting soybean.

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  • “If you don’t know the answer, it is absolutely a valid question.”
  • Ice late leaving lakes, unbelievable earthworm activity in Ontario, and a below average maple syrup run this year?
  • Clover on, germinated with a good root system — is it good to go? “Watch and see,” says Johnson, with frost in the forecast.
  • Has anybody ever tried split clover applications? Yes, says Johnson. On variable years they might get a better clover stand. On other years, split doesn’t help.
  • Dogbane issues in winter wheat, non-GMO corn, soybeans in Essex county. Pre-harvest glyphosate in wheat is an option, but it will be a multi-year challenge, says Johnson. Dicamba drop-nozzled into corn at about waist-high can make a difference, and in soybeans, we’re back to wick-weeding. Best option is to go glyphosate-tolerant for a while.
  • Nutsedge – another multi-year weed issue.
  • Volunteer wheat and crimson clover into no-till corn. Glyphosate would help on wheat, Dicamba on the clover.
  • Pushing early seeding in western Canada and someone in southern Alberta says he’s going to seed 3000 acres – DON’T DO IT! Just because somebody says it’s true, doesn’t make it so! Yes, try early seeding, but go out and do every other strip. Embrace science. Try it.
  • Don’t spray glyphosate when wheat is cracking soil open.
  • Worried about a wet April — what about one application of 120lbs/acre instead of split applications? It comes down to a stem count, variety. Wait as long as you can if in a single application. If you go too early, could have lodging issues. Timing will be everything.
  • Confused about counting tillers? Count all stems off one plant. Tillers will be one less than the total.
  • Roasting soybeans. It’s all about the temperature. Need the soybeans to come out at 265F.

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