Wheat Pete's Word, Feb 24: Attention to detail, getting wheat in the ground, and more clover questions


Congratulations again to Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson on being named one of the Top 50 in Ag under the Mentor category. Of course, part of why Pete’s such a great mentor is his valuable, regular contribution to RealAgriculture, including Wheat Pete’s Word!

On this weeks’ edition of the Word, our host answers hairy vetch and red clover questions, talks about the logistics of that world record wheat yield story out of New Zealand, and is wondering where to get some planter discs.

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].


  • Kindness goes a long way
  • Why do I need a succession plan, I’m going to farm forever!?
  • Hairy vetch, get it identified properly!
  • Red clover struggles? Change management a bit
  • World record wheat! Bernard Tobin did a great video with David Weith; feed wheat, grown in New Zealand, easier to get starch than protein, 300 day crop!
  • Attention to detail. 70 per cent the car, 30 per cent the driver
  • Is it too early to seed wheat in Manitoba? Date matters. Tracking wheat yields based on seeding date. As soon as you can get into the field, the better it is for your wheat yields. Occasionally fighting the mud works against you
  • Can I use winter wheat as a nurse crop, underseeding export quality hay?
  • Ten years ago went no-till, don’t broadcast fertilizer, but struggle to get urea into the wheat crop, banding urea? Yes! It’s more work, but if you can figure out how to band between every other row, two inches into the ground, will reduce potential for loss. Have to do it before the wheat gets to stem elongation, timing will be a factor.
  • In Manitoba, vacuum planter, need some planter discs to plant wheat with? This guy needs a source!
  • Chloride. Big troubles with a physiological fleck in wheat crop last year. How to make it go away?
  • N credit from a pea crop in a winter wheat crop… don’t underestimate it! Can you chuck on extra N and need to use a plant growth regulator?
  • Wheat on sand… what are the concerns? Manganese and magnesium complex deficiency. Soil pH. White grubs.


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