As the Year of the Pandemic comes to a close, it’s time to take some time to rest, reflect, and ready ourselves for the year ahead. The holidays can be a tough time for many, and as Kara Oosterhuis wrote in a recent article here on RealAgriculture, it’s okay to not be okay.

Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson, host of Wheat Pete’s Word, is taking his own advice and taking next week off of recording the Word, but, don’t worry, he’ll be back the first week of January with answers to your toughest agronomic questions!

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]


  • This is the last Wheat Pete’s Word for the year!
  • That means you’ll have a spare 15 minutes next week
  • Wheat Pete’s Christmas wish is that you take that extra 15 minutes you would have spent listening to the Word and instead call someone, just to chat
  • As tough as things are right now, there are some good things from 2020 — like video calls and playing Euchre virtually! Life is what you make it.
  • Big thank-yous, all around.
  • OK, as promised, Wheat Pete is going to cover some questions
  • Change is good — but change what’s working? So much feedback?
  • Yes, you can go back to the same hybrid two or three years after rotating away from a crop, but with corn is that hybrid still the “best” in year 3?
  • Don’t grow wheat on wheat!
  • But rotate those varieties, too
  • Keep the plot results coming in, please
  • Repeatability increases the reliability of research findings, r.e. boron trials
  • Differences in yield aren’t always economic, remember
  • Two-rep tests — is it enough? Repeat!
  • What other factors might be contributing to yield improvements?
  • Fertilizer on corn plots: all sorts of different treatments, and all were plus or minus a few bushels. Whoops! Applied lots of nutrition the fall before. False “positives”
  • Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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