Wheat Pete's Word, Feb 9: Going for gold, volcanoes, cracking clays, and building P


If you’ve been waiting for your question to be answered by Peter Johnson, today is your day.

Yes, there are some talking points in this Wheat Pete’s Word, but Johnson has devoted most of this episode to Q and A!

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].


  • Go, Canada, Go!
  • The Olympics are pretty incredible (Editor’s note: Lyndsey loves figure skating too)
  • Fertilizer price pirates? Open markets at work — but could it mean Professional Innovative Reliable Accountable Technology Expert
  • Frozen soil, at Winnipeg, 10 cm down -4.8 degrees C, frozen to 80 cm deep! At Ingersoll, 0.4 degrees C at 10 cm down
  • Deep compaction helped by dry bias
  • Aaron Daigh, NDSU (and soon U of Nebraska-Lincoln) spoke about the swell and shrink of clay soil (and how they don’t all crack open)
  • 30 years of freeze/thaw and wet/dry still didn’t solve the compaction in Northern Alberta
  • Check out The Agronomists from Monday night on compaction
  • Ugly wheat last fall might be just fine, y’all
  • Volcano activity and summer conditions: we should be OK
  • Bobble heads are in the works! “Alert, Alert, Alert!” Go check your fields
  • Agronomists and researchers suggest you lose one per cent in yield for every one per cent corn dries in the field…is that real?
  • The devil is in the details, says Dr. Dave Hooker. The work has used moisture testers, which are less accurate with low moisture. Oven-drying showed no/little “phantom loss”
  • So, don’t rush, take it off on the frost/frozen ground and don’t wreck that field
  • Strip-till freshen up tips
  • Corn fungicide in 2021 gained 11 bu/ac, and standability improved. Tar spot issue? Could be. Under the sprayer, loss of 12-17 bu/ac. Use wide booms, or aerial application? Aerial is not as good for gibberella control
  • Building potash (K), phos barely holding steading — how to build? Is the deep ripper burying the P? Fert is in the surface. More likely the big yields are just pulling off the P
  • Where do you add the P? Broadcast ahead of beans, what about corn? Ahead of corn doesn’t work, but soybean root structure can access it.
  • Jeff Cook video, check it out here!

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