Wheat Pete's Word, Oct 25: Head in the oven, feet in the freezer


In this episode of The Word, host Peter Johnson takes us through questions around corn, big wind, soil testing, fall fertility, wheat, alfalfa and red clover.

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  • 00:55 – Some yield and plot data coming in.
  • 01:35 – Unbelievable corn yields. Some reports of 275 bu/ac, others of 150 bu/ac spread.
  • 02:35 – Amazing what has happened from a moisture perspective for corn grain and silage moisture.
  • 05:00 – An explanation on corn drying.
  • 06:33 – A great deal of lodging in corn. “All you can do is harvest as quickly as you can.”
  • 07:10 – More mature plants didn’t seem to be as hurt by the frost as shorter ones.
  • 07:50 – Wind on the prairies – is there any kind of calculation how much organic matter is lost to these extreme winds?
  • 09:10 – How much reside do I have to add to increase organic matter by one percent?
  • 10:30 – Johnson’s thoughts on base saturation levels and ratios.
  • 11:20 – DAP vs MAP
  • 11:40 – Nutrient composition of wood.
  • 12:20 – Applying nutrients for winter wheat.
  • 13:00 – Wheat after canola is a good rotation — one of the best!
  • 13:13 – Is November winter wheat better than frost-seeded spring wheat?
  • 13:45 – What’s the impact on nitrogen credit if you harvest clover for greenfeed?
  • 14:15 – There is no absolute with the critical fall harvest period. And, does alfalfa stop growing when it gets two nights of -2C and lower?

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