In this first-of-the-year episode of Wheat Pete’s Word, host Peter Johnson discusses Ontario Ag Conference (on now), soil nutrient bank accounts, and low volumes going through a combine. Plus, Johnson works through a tiling/drainage problem for clay textured knolls.

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  • There are plenty of events going on this week and next! Ontario Ag Conference is on now. If you register, some coverage will be available for a few months.
  • Keep listening to the Word, as Pete will cover several of the topics in the coming weeks
  • January 12, Pete goes to Montana to speak at 406 Agronomy Summit
  • End of an era, original Blackberry phones will be obsolete, officially
  • The soil nutrient bank account. Will those who have built up the soil, reap the benefits this year? Re: high fertilizer prices
  • But remember, moderation is key, or you’re part of the environmental problem
  • It’s not just this year you reap the interest! It’s every year, because the crop is never short
  • Weather at Strathroy, 2021, about 1 degree C warmer, vs 2020 average. Rainfall, 80 mm above average
  • Healthy dose of skepticism is a good thing. Take a step back, does that make sense, what’s the science behind it? For example, MSG. It’s not bad like you think, unless you’re allergic
  • Dig into the data, don’t let social media hype fool you
  • 2021 issue: combines getting plugged with snow
  • Is lower volume the issue, with smaller combines? There’s a few parts to this story
  • Should you frost seed on clay knolls? Is it worth it?
  • There will be a session at Ont Ag Conference, because how water moves through different soil types has a huge impact on stand success
  • “How close should the tile be” question generated some interesting responses
  • Less tillage is part of the answer
  • Corn after brassicas — phosphorus uptake can be an issue (not an issue for wheat following canola, it seems)
  • Wheat planted Sept 20th, but had to go back in after being rained out, finished the field Oct 2. How to manage N on two different sections of the same field? Count tillers, if there’s a disparity, then need to change N management strategy


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