Wheat Pete's Word, March 22: Episode 100 Tackles Snirt, Early Fertility Applications, Sulphur Forms and More


Ladies and gentlemen, farmers and agronomists, we’ve hit triple digits! That’s right, this week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word is number 100, and from all of us here at RealAgriculture thank you for following along and making this podcast a huge success in a short time.

Host Peter Johnson has made the most of this 17-minute episode, as we’re pretty certain the man doesn’t even stop to take a breath. What’s covered? We start with Snirt, Snoil, and the Very Windy Day, move on to streamer nozzle reminders, head over to sulphur cost, sources, and timing, and then deep dive into a mess of fertility questions.

As a treat, we also perhaps learn the answer to the question “Does anyone ever listen?” to @WheatPete when it comes to early nitrogen apps on big wheat? (Spoiler alert: no). Summary is below!

Don’t forget to send Peter your questions and comments! Leave a message at 1-888-746-3311, send him a tweet (@wheatpete), or email him at [email protected].


  • Snirt! Snoil! Call it what you what, but last week’s wind events showed the nasty side to no ground cover. Remember: when wind erosion takes soil it takes your BEST soil. Wheat Pete tackles a few options for stopping it
  • A few reminders about streamer nozzle design and boom sway, plus a discussion on the high-end vs. mid-range options
  • Which is the cheapest form of sulphur? There’s actually more to this question (and answer) than you may have guessed. Which do you choose? It depends on where you farm and when you need it. Elemental sulphur is the cheapest, but takes longer/certain conditions to become available.
  • Remember that for every pound of N taken up and used by the crop, that same crop needs one pound of sulphur — do you need it on early? Do you apply it with the N? Timing of demand is exactly the same as nitrogen, but if you’re splitting N apps, put the S on with the first only.
  • No to early N on big wheat — again. Putting on red clover and figure you should do N too? Please put the red clover on. What about forage rye? Rye grows at cooler temps and it’ll be for green feed. So, yes, give’er.
  • Have you got dead wheat in wheel tracks (from clover application)? Did that cold snap really kill wheat? It may have killed the leaves, but dig up the crowns and bring them in the house, see if they begin to regrow (new, white root growth).
  • Hauling dry manure? Can you spread it on winter wheat? If so, when? Well, not in the spring (too high of carbon to nitrogen ratio). You’ll compact the crop and you’ll tie up too much N! Dry manure can go on in early fall, after harvest. Liquid manure can go on late fall.
  • Potash on wheat in the spring? Winter wheat is nearly non-responsive to potash application in the spring. That can change as you move far west, possibly due to low chloride levels. Physiological leaf spot can be indication of chloride deficiency.
  • Get new genetics! Wheat Pete will answer your questions on growing Neepawa wheat, but for heaven’s sake, there are newer, better genes out there. Go use them.

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