Wheat Pete's Word, Feb 7: Wheat rallies, building organic matter and SCN race tests


Nitrogen, nitrogen, nitrogen.

It’s perhaps among the hottest of agronomic topics, and has inspired some great questions (and answers) in this episode of The Word, with host Peter Johnson.

In the podcast, Johnson covers questions and comments on split-nitrogen, tillered winter wheat, organic matter, compaction and soybean cyst nematode.

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].

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


  • 00:40 – What an awesome rally in the wheat crop!
  • 01:40 – Don’t forget about hard red winter wheat in the province of Ontario.
  • 03:08 – All three of the growers at SouthWest Ag Conference said no to spring herbicide on wheat — what is going on there?
  • 04:55 – The benefits of split nitrogen and the impact on protein in soft red winter wheat.
  • 06:10 – Should we give dissolved urea a try? Check out the latest Wheat School for more.
  • 07:00 – How late can I wait to put on nitrogen in big, tillered wheat?
  • 08:35 – Sulphur on soybeans — is this data correct?
  • 10:11 – How do I lower my magnesium:calcium levels in my soil?
  • 11:05 – A unique solution to a bur cucumber problem in northern Illinois.
  • 12:48 – If I’m going to grow sorghum-sudan grass, is that better than continuous corn to build organic matter?
  • 13:55 – Why was there not more detailed information on soil health at SWAC?
  • 14:30 – Having trouble getting a red clover stand established — should I just seed a cover crop after winter wheat?
  • 15:15 – Is there still deep compaction when I’m on frost?
  • 15:44 – Fighting soybean cyst nematode and the importance of disease race tests. Soybean School: Have You Tested For SCN?

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