Peter Johnson, resident agronomist at RealAgriculture, and host of the Word, announces he’s hitting the field September 1 — a new record on Johnson’s farm, wheat prices are crashing, seeding rates between conventional and organic farming, and (surprise!) Wheat Pete thinks you ought to grow wheat.
Edible Bean Harvest
- is underway. Looks okay, but not great.
- Wheat prices have crashed
- Watch the forward contract prices
- Ontario can grow the highest wheat yields in the Great Lakes basin
- Don’t forget about the benefits of rotation
- Not enough weed control
- Plant your cover crops
- RealAgriculture does not endorse abducting your neighbour to have a discussion about weed control.
Blunt Ear Syndrome and Results from Flag Tests in Corn
- One-time cold weather stress may cause blunt ears. Maybe a big temperature swing? aka, “diurnal fluctuations”
- Interesting emergence timing/yield correlation results from flag tests in Eastern Ontario.
- Lots of Sudden Death Sydrome, maybe some brown stem spot. Mark those fields for future soybeans
Fall Perennial Weed Control
- 5% solution of glyphosate around Labour Day. It’s a perennial, so feeding down now in fall, so best time to control is around Labour Day
Planting Organic Wheat
- Planting rate? Number one fight in organic wheat is weed control. Increase competitiveness by bumping seeding rate to >1.5 million. Maybe 1.8
Early Cover Crop Oats
- If oats get to heading this fall, it could be ugly in spring. Manage based on how tall it gets. Clip it when it gets knee-high
Wheat Variety Comparisons
- Comments on disease susceptibility, marketing considerations, variety idiosyncrasies.