Wheat Pete's Word, Feb 14: Pushing seeding dates, increasing Mg, and comparing C:N ratios in manure


Even with a fresh blanket of snow in some regions, farmers are eager to start planning for the spring season. From early seeding in Saskatchewan, to managing cover crops and bio strip-till, to building magnesium, resident agronomist Peter Johnson covers it all in this episode of the show.

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Find a summary of today’s show topics and times below the audio.


  • 00:40 – The 100,000:1 story on new active ingredients, from the BASF Knowledge Harvest Event.
  • 02:00 – Hats off to the Pest Management Regulatory Agency.
  • 03:00 – The importance of new products.
  • 03:30 – Can I make my own diesel exhaust fluid (DEF)?
  • 04:10 – I want to push my seeding dates — which crops do I start with?
  • 05:40 – What are we looking for in ideal conditions for frost seeding?
  • 07:11 – Red clover in wheat, with oats broadcasted after harvest has worked really well five times in twenty years. How to improve?
  • 09:47 – Where we’re using cover crops, we may need to start grazing.
  • 10:22 – Is it better to put the cover crop on after the wheat crop and then till, or to till first, cover crop later (to die down during winter)?
  • 11:20 – What bio strip-till might offer corn crops.
  • 12:20 – The importance of sulphur on alfalfa hay.
  • 13:28 – Trampling damage from sprayers.
  • 15:00 – How do I increase magnesium in my soil?
  • 15:50 – Carbon:nitrogen ratio in manure where bedding used is cardboard. And chopped corn vs chopped straw.

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