Wheat Pete's Word, Nov 10: Rusty wheat, double crop bean yields, tracking N, and variety plot wins


Where on earth did all this corn yield come from?!

Combines in Ontario are rolling through beans and on to corn, and the results are astonishing, says Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson in this episode of the Word.

This week’s episode asks that question, plus delves into rust on winter wheat, wheat acres in the ground, double crop bean yields, and whether or not we can track where N comes from in the atmosphere, soil, or water.

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].

  • Tomorrow is November 11th, Remembrance Day
  • Take a moment to reflect, please. We are blessed.
  • Metric or imperial? Oh my. The feedback was great
  • Submit your Wheat Pete-isms for a project Lyndsey is working on
  • Wheat is getting in the ground. Well done! You can insure production in the spring (but you can’t now insure for winter kill)
  • Should be north of 700,000 acres! Better than expected and with tough weather
  • More went in after Monday, too
  • Still good potential if there is a frost seeding opportunity
  • Dig up the yellow/sad looking wheat and bring it in and take a closer look — it’s not going backwards
  • Broadcasting seed isn’t a great option, as the seed will be on the soil surface and more likely to die
  • Good wheat fields have leaf rust. Will it hurt yield? A fungicide pass didn’t pay for itself in trials. Yield potential is not being set right now, and the winter should kill the rust
  • Double crop soybean yields are astounding!
  • Bruce County, short season, July 25th beans as a cover crop, 15 bushels per acre yield! July 4 in some other areas, 52 bushel beans
  • It worked this year, it won’t always, mind you
  • We had a great year for it
  • Some IP varieties tolerated the wet weather better than others
  • Corn yields through the roof. Is it because of warm nights? Possibly. But we can’t count on warm nights every season. That helps the crop mature, but you need the moisture, too.
  • Plot yields have been a bit of a head scratcher
  • Sunlight was limiting in July, Aug, Sept. How did that contribute to this major yield? Likely early planting, great stands (about 600 plants per acre more), uniform stand, and more.
  • Below 10 at night, or over 32 in the day, corn doesn’t like it. Temperature range for June to September and even October, there were few days outside that range
  • The kernel weight did the heavy lifting. Watch more on that here.
  • Ouch, the plow is out. It’s tough on soil health, team
  • Spring wheat for straw? Check oats too
  • A Word from the West: can we track where nitrogen in the environment came from? Yes! [email protected]

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