Wheat Pete's Word, Jan 24: Unconventional cover cropping, vertical tillage and Johne's concerns


Just because you listen to the show, doesn’t mean you have to agree with host Peter Johnson — in fact, he loves constructive disagreement! From the value (or lack thereof) of horse manure to brown wheat, Wheat Pete addresses constructive criticism as well as questions (soybeans, measuring sulphur, red clover in canola) in another energetic episode of the show.

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].


  • 00:35 – Amazing FarmSmart/NutrientSmart event, and the key principles of top managers.
  • 02:00 – Some notes on population and poverty, from last week’s show.
  • 03:07 – Soybean cyst nematode resistance breaking down. We can’t rely on one source of genetic resistance — have to rotate crops, genetics as much as possible.
  • 05:20 – Can we talk about plant growth regulators for soybeans?
  • 06:00 – Is it possible to break up deep compaction with straight blades in extremely dry soil?
  • 07:00 – Is a vertical tillage unit actually going to create compaction?
  • 08:20 – Single-cut versus double-cut clover in winter wheat.
  • 10:00 – Is there potential for red clover in canola?
  • 11:00 – Can I grow wheat on sand, and if so, what do I do for plant population and fertility?
  • 12:00 – How much nitrogen is there in a bushel of wheat at 10 percent vs 12 percent protein?
  • 12:35 – Green vs brown wheat — “Pete, you’re wrong!”
  • 13:15 – Why is it so wrong to spread manure on snow?
  • 14:18 – What about Johne’s disease when spreading manure on hay?
  • 14:57 – “‘Worthless horse manure?’ I don’t buy that!”
  • 15:35 – Is there an easy way to measure sulphur?

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