Wheat Pete's Word, Aug 24: Bean Harvest, Smelly Manure & Invasive Phragmites


Peter Johnson, resident agronomist at RealAgriculture, and host of the Word, discusses the now-underway edible bean harvest, Ontario wheat trials, smelly liquid manure and soil tests.

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  • Report your yields! Only about 50% have been reported and Wheat Pete wants to know what the record is! Sep 1 deadline.
  • Wheat trials can be found at gocereals.ca — a summary of some of the findings in this episode of the Word.
  • When you look at performance trials, remember there are managed and unmanaged trials.

Drought Broken:

  • A lot of farmers excited about soybean response to rain, but Johnson doubts it’ll be an above-average crop across the province.
  • Why are tiles running in some downpours and not others?

Liquid Manure:

  • Remember your neighbours — if you leave that liquid manure on the surface, it can smell for over a week!
  • At least drop a note in their mailbox, and think about timing.

Soil Tests and Fertility:

  • It’s a great time to soil test! Fields harvested and enough moisture you can get the probe in the ground.
  • If it’s super dry, potash levels will be lowered (tied up in clay content, organic matter).
  • On heavy clay soils, can I apply more than 300lb/ac potash?
  • If I’ve applied 60lbs of elemental sulphur over the last three years, why isn’t it showing up in the soil test?
  • How much potash and sulphur do we want to apply to summer-seeded alfalfa?


  • Invasive grass with a massive rhizome root system.
  • One application of glyphosate is not going to be good enough.
  • Imazapyr is likely a better idea.
  • Remember: repeated applications.

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