Wheat Pete's Word, Nov 2: Wet feet, soft kernels, and plenum temperatures


In this episode of The Word, host Peter Johnson takes us through updates on moisture conditions in Ontario and the incredible corn crop (but it’s not all roses). Then: questions around weed control, cereal rye as a cover crop and applying dairy manure now.

Have a question you’d like Johnson to address? Or some yield results to send in? Leave him a message at 1-888-746-3311, send him a tweet (@wheatpete), or email him at [email protected].


  • 01:00 – Yes, Johnson is late this week — rain was coming and corn plots needed to be harvested!
  • 01:45 – Registration is open for the SouthWest Agricultural Conference.
  • 02:35 – Where does all this rain keep coming from?
  • 03:00 – How is my winter wheat going to do in flooding?
  • 04:10 – Barley really doesn’t like wet feet, where oats can tolerate it.
  • 04:35 – If the soil isn’t right, don’t plant wheat in November.
  • 05:10 – Dormant seeding spring wheat in Saskatchewan.
  • 06:00 – There are no mistakes in agriculture, just test plots.
  • 06:35 – I didn’t get into the field — can I keep my wheat seed for next year? Big challenge: insects.
  • 07:18 – Essex test plot saw 300 bushels per acre of corn! The list continues. What could be causing these amazing yields?
  • 09:25 – If you’re getting grade four corn out of the bottom of your grain dryer, turn the plenum temperature down.
  • 10:25 – Also seeing soft kernels, and more dockage as a result. Watch this crop in storage!
  • 11:15 – Let’s not forget the toxin issue.
  • 12:30 – Are western bean cutworms spreading disease in corn?
  • 13:12 – Winter wheat has emerged, what about Infinity and cold temperatures?
  • 13:45 – Spraying clover out with low temperatures?
  • 14:30 – Huge horsetail problem — is there anything I can spray it with this fall?
  • 15:27 – Thoughts on 45lb/ac cereal rye on heavy clay as a cover crop?
  • 15:43 – Would dairy manure be taken up by cereal rye or just get washed away?

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