Wheat Pete's Word, Sept 12: Dicamba drift, sticky wheat, adzuki beans, and hemp in rotation


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.

For past episodes of Wheat Pete’s Word, tap here.

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