Wheat Pete's Word, Apr 18: Planting dates, cold imbibition, and kernel counts


Host Peter Johnson tackles a broad range of topics in this week’s podcast, from weird weather (and chilling out about it) to cold imbibition, pH extremes, and salted out thiosulfate,

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

Have a question you’d like Johnson to address? Or some yield results to send in? Leave him a message at 1-844-540-2014, send him a tweet (@wheatpete), or email him at [email protected]


  • 00:47 – Our crappy weather may be worrying, but think of some of our neighbours…
  • 01:50 – Dust storms reminiscent of the Dirty ’30s.
  • 02:43 – It’s National Soil Conservation Week. A shout-out to some work in Ontario that showed the composition of eroded soils.
  • 04:00 – Planting date data, and a look back through history.
  • 05:40 – Can I frost seed my corn and soybeans?
  • 05:50 – We worry about imbibition in corn, but what about in clover?
  • 07:24 – If we get 9-10″ of rain, can we use red clover? Single or double cut? What about salinity?
  • 09:00 – Low pH, expensive lime. Any other way to fix it?
  • 09:40 – A recently tiled field with a pH of over 8 — how do I deal with it?
  • 10:30 – How much of my recently-applied fertilizer was lost to the last freezing rainfall?
  • 11:55 – How do winter barley and winter rye yield compared to winter wheat? How much bin space do I need?
  • 12:38 – Seeding rates on spring wheat in a dry area, and the importance of kernel counts.
  • 14:30 – Does oat respond with tillers like wheat does to nitrogen?
  • 15:20 – Salted out thiosulfate — how do I get it back into a solution?

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