Wheat Pete’s Word, Jan 11: Feeding Soil Bugs, Broadcast vs. Banded Fert, & Keeping it Complicated

As the winter learning season rolls forward, the agronomy questions are flooding in, and Peter Johnson, host of Wheat Pete’s Word, wouldn’t have it any other way.

In this week’s episode, Johnson tackles some very complicated — but super important — ins and outs of nitrogen management. Confused about which crops leave a credit and why some do not? This is important stuff to figure out, so stick with us folks, it gets interesting.

From there, he talks phosphorus application and efficiency, plus 15″ corn considerations as a follow up to last week, and on to some trade-offs in cover crop selection and planting timing. And, as icing on the cake, Johnson challenges us all to think about feeding soil microbes, not just plants in our cropping plans. Food for thought, for sure.

Be sure to send Peter your questions, comments, plot results, and more! Leave a message at 1-844-540-2014, send him a tweet (@wheatpete), or email him at [email protected].

Questions & Answer Summary: 

  • Winter survival — single vs double cut clover, is there a difference?
  • Frost seeding, vs fall seeding, vs pea/oat mix after wheat — best option or trade-offs?
  • Corn on corn, with cereal rye, in between — is there anything better? Maybe, but maybe not. It will add OM, but won’t break the disease cycle
  • 15″ corn — it’s simple, says one caller, why make it so complicated? Well…listen to find out!

RealAgriculture Agronomy Team

A team effort of RealAgriculture videographers and editorial staff to make sure that you have the latest in agronomy information for your farm.


Wheat Pete’s Word, March 21: Nitrogen timing, split-S, and the impact of cereal rye before corn

In today's episode of Wheat Pete's Word, host and resident agronomist for RealAgriculture, Peter Johnson, catches up on topics ranging from nitrogen application timing to cereal rye before corn. Find a summary of today’s show topics and times below the audio. Have a question you’d like Johnson to address? Or some yield results to send…Read more »


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