This episode of Wheat Pete’s Word features snippets of this week’s RealAg Radio show, which was recorded at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show. There’s a different vibe to this week’s Word, with a few extra voices, and the occasional sparring partner for resident agronomist and host, Peter Johnson.

In the podcast, Johnson answers questions from the audience, Shaun Haney, and Pride Seeds’ Doug Alderman, covering topics ranging from crop maturity to fertility. Scroll below the video for a summary of all of the discussion points, or just listen for yourself.

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Though we recommend taking the time to listen to the entire show, you can also pick out the topics that most interest you, by using the summary below as a guide.


01:00 – An update on Ontario crop conditions – More variability this year than ever in Wheat Pete’s career: some areas with heavy clay soil seeing white mould this year, some with cracks in the ground.

03:11 – Is it better to be too wet or too dry?

05:00 – How much time do we need for crops to mature in Ontario? Most of the crop needs 30 days.

07:50 – How much will the white mould sting soybeans?

08:30 – What does ‘flat pods’ mean for the grower? You need an absolute minimum of 30 days, and realistically, probably 45 days to get a crop. The problem is our daylength is so short that we start giving up yield.

09:20 – Farmers are arguing yields are going to be lower than estimates. Will markets ever believe farmers if estimates are right, after all?

10:50 – Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show audience grills Wheat Pete:

  • 10:52 – How can I best utilize finisher manure on my wheat crop?
  • 14:15 – How much am I going to get out of biosolids, for how many years?
  • 16:10 – Should I apply micros with MAP on wheat?
  • 18:10 – What have you been finding on split-fungicides on wheat?
  • 22:00 – What’s a good cover crop for grazing?
  • 24:30 – Should I apply boron to corn?

27:00 – Alderman joins the duo to give his take on farmer concerns, and how long until harvest.

28:35 – “The weather has been gloomier than the Blue Jays’ and Detroit Tiger’s seasons.”

29:00 – Why might beans fair better than corn in hail?

30:15 – When hail hits corn at flowering, is it beneficial to apply fungicide?

One thought on “Wheat Pete’s Word, Sept 13: How much longer do Ontario crops need?

  1. It is so important to remember that sewer sludge aka biosolids is NOT just poop – it is a concentration of all domestic and industrial pollutants that go down drains and sewers. It has some good stuff in it, which plants can use, but a huge load of thousands of other contaminants. Please read what independent scientists have to say on this issue –

    Three Informed Views on Sewer Sludge (aka Biosolids)

    Dr. Caroline Snyder – “Land-applied municipal sewage sludge (biosolids) is a highly complex and unpredictable mixture of biological and chemical pollutants. Biosolids generated in our large industrialized urban centers is very likely the most pollutant- rich waste mixture of the 21st century.”

    Dr. Marilyn Cameron – “We are concerned that farmers are not being provided adequate information about biosolids and the negative impacts that its use could have on your soils, groundwater and surface water sources, livestock health, and property values. Farmers will be the ones left paying the price for any damaged land, contaminated water, or human, wildlife and livestock illnesses, etc. Farmers may also suffer losses resulting from lack of consumer confidence in local foods”

    Dr. Richard Honour – “”Few in any governments appreciate that nearly all chronic diseases are caused by long-term exposure to low levels of environmental contaminants and pollutants. We should be trying to minimize this exposure, not amplifying it. It is time to end land disposal of Toxic Sewer sludge, and look at cleaner, greener alternatives – gasification / pyrolysis.”
    Let’s get on the right side of history, and use this waste resource to make energy. It is time to stop covering Mother Earth with our cities’ toxic sewage.

    And see this link for a great overview of the issues – by Dr. Thomas Maler
    A great article from Scientific American –

    Prominent Scientists and Universities outline the Dangers of Biosolids –
    Yale –
    Cornell –
    Canadian Scientists –
    UK Scientists- Aberdeen / Glasgow Universities –

    Biosolids on Video – For the section of the film dealing with Toxic Sludge start at the 32.40 minute point …
    Dr David Lewis interview –
    Trailer for upcoming film – Biosludged –
    NFB Crap Shoot –
    Sludge Diet –
    Spreading sewage sludge on farmland –

    The Green Alternative – The answer is gasification / pyrolysis …not simply dispersing this toxic waste on farms and forests –
    see –
    and see –
    and see –…/plasma-gasification-alberta…
    and see –
    lets get energy out of this resource AND rid the environment of these toxins.

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