Wheat Pete's Word, Mar 3: Alternating crops, new sayings, a new number, and episode 300

You can’t get to 1000 episodes without first hitting three hundred, and here we are — episode 300 of Wheat Pete’s Word!

For this week, remember that there’s a new number for Wheat Pete for both listening or leaving messages (but we’re glad you mostly listen/download it here), plus some solid numbers that back up the real value of rotation, and answers to some Canada-wide 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]

  • Episode 300 of Wheat Pete’s Word!
  • NEW NUMBER ALERT! Call 1-888-746-3311
  • Spring has sprung! Just 18 days from the spring equinox, but March 1 is meteorological spring
  • Some areas of Ontario will get a taste of spring this week, others are still digging out from nasty back to back storms
  • Maple syrup is running down south; clover is going on down there too
  • If the land is FIT, give ‘er SH*T!  (With apologies to those with tender ears)
  • Ohmygosh, prices. $15 soybeans. Wow.
  • Does it drive you to put in more beans? More beans after beans? Hold up.
  • Wheat at $7+ a bushel is no slouch!
  • Benefits to rotation, not alternations, please
  • Two crops is not a rotation. Three is the minimum, and more than that really does have benefits
  • Is an alternation ANY benefit? Increased beans in rotation, correlates to lower soil health parameters, full stop, and yield
  • In other words, the more diverse a rotation, the better for other crops and for beans
  • Peter has a lot of numbers on this. Get a pen and paper.
  • Wheat Warriors!
  • 28% + ATS is now a little cheaper for first N and S app on the wheat crop (vs dry). Will I get burned on frost?
  • Will it reduce yield? The amount matters
  • Red clover is not going to get flung 60 feet
  • Essex county: liquid sow manure on thawed ground with wheat. Give ‘er! There’s no snow and the ground is thawed, on the frost is OK! It’s spring. But do check the forecast to ensure there isn’t a huge rain event coming. Uniformity might be an issue, beware. Don’t add commercial fertilizer on for a few weeks, please
  • Injected hog manure in the fall in the wheat crop ahead of corn, farmer knows what to expect. What about credit to wheat? What’s the plan for growth regulators.

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