Wheat Pete's Word, Aug 12: Flat crops, yield records, cover crop shifts, and triticale seeding rates


Who wants to learn a new weather term? Get on in here for this week’s Wheat Pete’s Word where — unfortunately — we learn there is a specific term for an inland hurricane.

Also in this week’s episode, host Peter Johnson is talking cover crop adoption and cover crop options well into the fall, where hybrid rye is and is not a fit, when to sell vs. apply manure, and where to go for the latest on variety performance trials.

Have a question you’d like Johnson to address or some yield results to send in? Disagree with something he’s said? Leave him a message at 1-888-746-3311, send him a tweet (@wheatpete), or email him at [email protected].


  • When in a drought, and there’s a chance of rain, you get drops. Once the drought breaks, LOOK OUT. And that seems to be where we’re at in the last week. Out of nowhere, boom. So much water.
  • The U.S. corn belt got hit with an inland hurricane called a “derecho,” and it has caused massive destruction. A huge storm system, traveled 1,200 km, on average 30 to 50 miles wide, with 100-170 km/h wind. Cities and rural areas heavy hit. Bins destroyed and one-third of the Iowa corn crop is damaged. It’ll be a harvest nightmare. Those snapped plants won’t finish, but bent stems will still finish kernels.
  • New winter wheat variety performance info is up or will be up soon, based on your area. GoCereals.ca
  • First crop harvest ever — and it’s wheat. Congrats!
  • Diego in Argentina sent photos! Thank you for sharing.
  • Washington state question: What is the record wheat yield for North America this year. Not sure yet, but Washington might be the winner, just great conditions. Reports of some 180 bu wheat are out there.
  • 147 bu/ac in Ontario so far!
  • $45 protein boost was per acre, not per tonne, FYI.
  • Cover crop poll! Weigh in, y’all. Find it here. Beyond red clover, for sure. It’s great to see. Over 500 votes so far!
  • How late is too late for oats? It does depend on your goals and expectations. Usually need six weeks of good growing conditions. Later season and some other options grow better in the cold (wheat, rye).
  • Is strawberry/oat impact perhaps a herbicide issue? Possibly.
  • Hybrid rye or triticale vs winter wheat. Whoa, easy now. Hybrid rye on clay soil is a no go. It needs drainage. Common rye is different, OK? More like winter barley. But hybrid rye is not as cold tolerant. Triticale is tough, too, and will do well in the cold.
  • Triticale seeding rates. Start with a seed count (yay!), and go high end of winter wheat
  • Wild carrot showing up. More tillage? No. Get some herbicide on. There are a few options.
  • Canada thistle control in pasture? Use the pest manager app! Distinct and Lontrel (in pasture).
  • Peduncle colour change is necessary when making the glyphosate pre-harvest pass decision. Need that brown/tan colour!
  • How do you decide to sell manure vs. applying? The soil test tells all.

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