Wheat Pete's Word, Nov 3: Yellow wheat, profit margins, warm nights, and bumper stickers


The numbers are rolling in — from fantastic corn yields, to unbelievable rain amounts in some areas of Ontario.

In this week’s Wheat Pete’s Word, host Peter Johnson asks for feedback on a few things, including what some of your favourite Wheat Pete sayings are, if you prefer rain in inches or millimetres (or either, as long as it stops falling?), and if you can wait one more week for discussions on phosphorus. Plus, he’s got some sage advice on fertilizer pricing, too.

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].


  • Say it ain’t snow!
  • What are your favourite Wheat Pete-isms? Wowzah? Give your head a shake? Let’s make stickers!
  • $10 wheat sure is nice to see, but don’t over sell given how the crop looks
  • Ontario Ag Conference will be virtual again. Registration is open!
  • GoCereals.ca has new information on performance trials
  • Oh my! This corn crop keeps blowing the doors off of expectations, even on tougher ground
  • 270 bu/acre corn in Waterloo county
  • But, yes, there is stress out there. Harvest has been a nightmare for some
  • Do the math: current fertilizer prices are sky high, but so are crop prices. There is still margin to be had, so think on that
  • Cool data. Since Sept 1, 418 mm of rain on heavy clay (16.7 inches). Old record for them was 1996, 285 mm (11.4 inches). Which do you prefer rainfall numbers in?
  • October had warm nights
  • Yellow wheat and phosphorus… phosphorus with the seed and better soil health has stayed greener
  • Yellow wheat has lost yield, but it won’t be a disaster
  • Purple wheat isn’t dead either
  • Crop insurance deadline: remember, don’t mud in the wheat just to make the deadline. You can’t insure for winterkill after that date, but you can be re-assessed in the spring for yield protection (if you get a favourable window in late November)
  • Oh, so many plows running. Ouch.
  • Fall wheat, into sorghum, then back to wheat? No! It’s not a crop rotation, it’s still cereal on cereal
  • Tune in next week for some phosphorus talk

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