Wheat Pete's Word, Feb 22: Frost Seeding Oats, ESN on Corn, and Y-Drop Questions


Can it be? Has #plant17 really started already? Well, for at least a few farmers in the southern climes of Ontario are rolling out to frost seed oats (the temp is in the teens today!), and that’s where we begin this week’s Wheat Pete’s Word.

Yes, planting oats in February can work, explains your host Peter Johnson, but remember this is frost seeding, not seeding into frozen soil. From there, Johnson digs into some super practical information, from using ESN to minimize seed-placed fertilizer burn, how best to time nitrogen top ups for wheat and corn, and why planting depth matters for wheat (for both west and east). He also talks Veris equipment, and what it can and cannot do.

Oh! And he mentions the Pest Manager app in this week’s Word. You can download it through the App store here or for Android here.

Don’t forget to send Peter your questions and comments! Leave a message at 1-844-540-2014, send him a tweet (@wheatpete), or email him at [email protected].


  • Frost seeding is not seeding into frozen soil. P.S. Use a disc drill
  • Could we be get sky-high corn yields here? Forget the record-setting 504 bushel corn, but are we leaving yield behind by not splitting dry fertilizer in the corn row?
  • What does it mean to have a fungicide “responsive” corn hybrid? How is that tested?
  • ESN on corn: does this mean we can bump rates? How do we avoid burn in the seedrow?
  • Split apps of N: from corn and Y-Drops vs. injection, to wheat and what time is best, Wheat Pete explains why you’d go earlier vs. late
  • New technology — what can the Veris do? (We’ve got stories here and here on that).

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