March means two things in Ontario: maple syrup and red clover.
The weather is working okay for the early spring field work to begin in some areas, but maple syrup season is being interrupted by too-warm temps. That said, the warmer weather has many asking about red clover, early nitrogen, and more, on this week’s Wheat Pete’s Word!
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- Lloyd Ball, this one is for you. You will be missed.
- Take the time for your family; they won’t be here forever
- Red clover going on wheat, ya baby!
- Maple syrup needs some frosty nights, as much as we love some warmer days
- Air reel under the combine when harvesting wheat. What?! Well, well, well, this is something fun
- First year soybeans have some challenges, the specific species of rhizobium inoculant isn’t there
- Second year soybeans might be better, re: inoculant; but suffer in other ways
- Why not go soy, wheat/red clover, soy, corn?
- A little tillage after the soybean harvest, before the winter wheat goes in, suggests better red clover catch (though not seen in trials)
- Spring things for better red clover catch? Split your N! Too much up front is hurting the clover. Do your fall weed control to avoid spring herbicide application
- No red clover, because of double cropping beans. What about crimson clover?
- Hairy vetch could be a consideration
- Forage oats…red clover can outcompete the oats!
- Is it too early for oats and alfalfa? Get the oats on, but whoa whoa whoa on the alfalfa (past unifoliate stage they are very susceptible to frost damage)
- There’s always a risk!
- N before winter wheat before it greens up does not add yield. Full stop
- What about early sulphur? Not prone to the same losses as N