RealAg LIVE! with Peter "Wheat Pete" Johnson on early-season cropping decisions


Anyone else feeling like spring has sprung and the pressure is on? Today’s guest can answer all those early-season cropping decisions that you may have, if you’re feeling the pressure to get in the field.

Today’s RealAg LIVE! features our resident agronomist Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson who chats with host Shaun Haney about early season considerations.

RealAg LIVE! streams every weekday at 3 pm E on Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter!


  • Mother Nature is not terribly equitable
  • A little wet in Ontario, too dry on the Prairies
  • Corn is getting slammed into the ground (and by slammed we mean planted) in the U.S., about 10 per cent ahead of schedule
  • Some is rolling in Ontario, too. Lighter soil, Parkhill area
  • When you move to the heavy clays, April was dry, but the true clays, they need heat and dry before they are really fit
  • Timing that pre-seed burn down? It’s a challenge with the cool to cold nights
  • It’s May. Sorry, IT’S MAY! Don’t panic, but it sure does feel like it’s time to get rolling
  • Crop prices are up, but input prices are going up too (including land rent)
  • It’s May 4th — that spring wheat should have already been in the ground! There was opportunity earlier. Pedal to the metal now
  • Put to a decent depth: 1″ to 1.5″ (if there isn’t moisture at 2- or even 3-inches deep)
  • Sometimes deeper to moisture, without a rainstorm, can do just fine
  • Double crop soybeans? It’s starting to look really attractive with a fast advancing wheat crop and nice crop prices
  • March was soooo warm. April overall was about average
  • There are some great videos on this in our Soybean School library (see it here)
  • With strong prices, don’t be tempted to throw everything at the crop  — you still need to scout
  • Remember the beneficials
  • Corn going into an overgrown cereal rye cover crop: there’s so much rye there, is it going to absorb the residual herbicide and prevent it from working? It’s a risk.
  • Keep the groceries to this crop!
  • Micros, too
  • Tissue tests show low magnesium but without symptoms, do you try and correct it? Pete doesn’t think it’ll pay
  • When it’s dry, boron tissue test is more likely low
  • And don’t piss away the margin
  • Powdery mildew could possibly even pay this year!
  • Want more? Check out Wheat Pete’s Word every Wednesday 

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