Wheat Pete’s Word, Dec 6: Vernalization, press wheels and a split-N strategy

In this episode of The Word, host Peter Johnson talks harvest, wheat, wacky weather, managing nitrogen, press wheels, soybeans, fertility, tile drainage, tillage and measuring grain in the bin.

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  • 01:00 – Soybeans still coming off, anywhere from 16-27% moisture, and some yield disappointments.
  • 01:35 – Corn showing some low test weights, and/or high moisture.
  • 02:30 – Lots of growers cracking 100bu/ac winter wheat. “Wheat is the way to go.”
  • 02:45 – How is winter wheat going to handle the fluctuating temperatures as we head into winter?
  • 06:10 – What’s the best nitrogen fertilizer strategy for hard red spring wheat?
  • 09:50 – I applied 15 percent more N than usual and I still have low protein — what’s going on?
  • 12:10 – The press wheels on my drill are finished — how important are they? Is it worth re-building them?
  • 13:00 – Why might I have a better stand of soybeans where I did not inoculate?
  • 14:00 – What’s this new liquid, starter fertilizer with a root stimulant?
  • 14:22 – Re-visiting the tile drainage question.
  • 15:10 – Tillage on heavy oat crops.
  • 15:40 – Determining yield in a 12′ diameter silo, 8.8 acres of corn.

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