Wheat Pete's Word, Sept 22: Perfect residue spread, rye vs triticale, and a carryover alert


It’s the first official day of fall, and for Ontario, it appears that means all-day rain.

What’s top of mind for late September? Wheat, of course! In this week’s Wheat Pete’s Word, host Peter Johnson covers a few of the depth, rate, and weed control questions he fielded this week. Plus, on this episode hear more about herbicide carryover risk, how to save money on phosphorus fertilizer, and why it’s too late for horsetail control this year.

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].


  • Welcome here, autumn
  • Ontario Ag Conference will have a segment on volunteers (not the weedy kind!). Communities need you and the conference would like to feature people who are active in their communities. Email: [email protected] if you know someone who should be included.
  • Much of Ontario has a monsoon to start the season, it seems. A month’s worth of rain in a day, when wheat was set to go in
  • Do we drill wheat before the rain? The answer is: get it in the ground, because it can’t grow in the bag. But, you are right, wheat doesn’t like wet feet, but this is warm rain
  • Hessian fly is a rare issue in Ontario
  • Edible yields have been awesome on good soil
  • Root rots, bacterial blights, and poorer soil means more mediocre yields
  • Grow edibles on your best ground
  • Soybeans looking average
  • Silage yields are great
  • Corn coming out of the field at 21 per cent moisture. Some areas aren’t as advanced as the average
  • Fall triticale instead of rye? Loses feed quality slower, but it’s a week to 10 days slower to mature, so impacts silage establishment
  • Rust in forage oats: rust isn’t dangerous, but it does lower yield and quality
  • Wheat in eastern Ontario — perfect residue spread!
  • Without perfect spread, make sure you get that seeding depth where you want it
  • On heavy clay, make sure you get that depth (err on 1.5 versus 1.25 inches)
  • Questioning it? Go that bit deeper
  • Horsetail in edible beans…going into winter wheat. Do you control now? No! Nutlets are already developed. Drill the wheat, and take care of it in the spring (and onwards)
  • When do you go on with Eragon ahead of the wheat crop? Timing is everything
  • Herbicide carryover alert in Western Canada! Remember: winter wheat could be the first one impacted
  • Do you need insecticide on wheat seed? That depends on the risks
  • Phosphorus and wheat! Check out the video here.
  • Phos prices are through the roof. In some areas, you may be able to get around some P application, but not all. It must go down with seed; where you’ve built levels, you may not need to do more than the basics

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