On this special Canada’s Outdoor Farm show edition of Wheat Pete’s Word, host Peter Johnson must share the spotlight with RealAgriculture founder Shaun Haney.
From dicamba drift reports, to sticky, frost-damaged wheat, to hemp, and on to a hard no on drying down grazing corn, this week’s Word has something for everyone (and, thankfully, Shaun only asks, not answers, the questions!)
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].
- We know it’s usually a solo show, but Peter Johnson does a great job sharing the stage with Shaun Haney
- Q and A begins with a question on Xtend drift issues with dicamba. The time of application makes a huge difference. There have been more volatility and drift complaints in 2018 for sure. Part of that is because of when things got sprayed and conditions at spraying.
- Resistance management — be smarter, be better (and check out the Resistance Management School here)
- What happened to wheat yields in Ontario? Agricorp announced provincial average 84.1 bu/ac, about the 10 year average. Some regions were actually above average! Bottom line: management pays
- Where are we headed with wheat yield potential? Wheat Pete is biased, but he thinks we’ll see the average move up because farmers are figuring out top management pays
- Microbials/biologicals, are they worth it? In Wheat Pete’s replicated trials they did nothing, but some trials in Grey-Bruce area showed a 6 to 8 bushel yield increase. Wheat Pete’s 12 sites over three years, showed maybe +/- a bushel. It comes down to consistency. They work in the greenhouse but in a field situation, just can’t get enough on the seed to outperform what’s there (so, no response). Was it because it was dry? Or in cold soil/weather? Makes it hard to figure out when to use and when to pass.
- What the heck is an adzuki bean? They’re not combine snacks, that’s for sure, but they sure are a money maker if you can get them figured out. What about after Xtend soys? It’s bean on bean, not a great idea
- How many varieties/hybrids should I be growing on my farm? If you’re talking corn, probably two or three, but maybe five
- Where might hemp/cannabis fit in the rotation? Come to Southwest Ag Conference in January, he says, because it’s a big topic to cover.
- S word in the west — frost-damaged wheat, what do you do with it at harvest? Watch for thick, sticky stems. Either swath or cut high.
- Should you dry down grazing corn? NO. Just no. Because how? But more importantly, why?
- Blend MAP with wheat seed … common in Ontario. 50 pounds of MAP with your wheat seed, the problem with that drill, go to cup setting two. That’ll make sense if you have the same drill.
— Shaun Haney (@shaunhaney) September 12, 2018
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