Wheat Pete's Word, Nov 22: Swimming in rain, sacrificing straw and parking the plow


In this episode of The Word, host Peter No-Till takes us through Ontario’s wet conditions, zeroes in on soil health, discusses tillage, and answers some specific questions.

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].


  • 00:50 – Johnson needs feedback!
  • 01:30 – Southwest Agriculture Conference Day 1 is full! Still some room for Day 2.
  • 02:05 – Some Ontario farmers are swimming in rainfall — What does it show (think tile drainage)? What do we do (wait, look for low pressure tires, get tracks)?
  • 03:10 – Let’s talk soil health. Ontario’s new draft soil health strategy document and there are still some information meetings coming up.
  • 03:57 – Great yield map from Dave Orth showing the difference between corn on corn and corn on wheat.
  • 05:05 – 2016 was in soybeans, 2017 was supposed to be corn and 2018 was to be soybeans, and 2019 to be wheat. But, it was too wet, so now half corn, half soybeans. Now what? Three-year soybeans or corn-on-corn to bring them all back to same playing field?
  • 06:15 – Why should we sell our straw, when leaving it increases organic matter?
  • 07:30 – What do we do now, if it’s too wet to till? What about for heavy clay soils, and especially those with variation in topography?
  • 12:10 – Will early-planted corn always yield more?
  • 13:30 – Will -14C dry my corn as much as a warm, sunny day in October?
  • 14:15 – Is K-Mag a good sulphur source for wheat?
  • 14:40 – Do the genetics of my wheat make it less susceptible to stripe rust, or why did it not seem bad in my field, but bad in my neighbours’? Go to http://www.gocereals.ca/.
  • 15:32 – This year, seeing strips of alfalfa that is 1′ taller in a 1-2′ wide strip right over the tile runs — what’s going on?

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