Wheat Pete's Word, March 2: Wheat exports, Group 1 resistant wheat, and gaining more minutes of sunshine


Spring has sprung — at least meteorologically — says host of Wheat Pete’s Word, Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson.

In this very first spring 2022 episode, he tackles a plethora of topics, including Soil Champion highlights, wheat exports, starter nitrogen, and more!

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].


  • You just have to be impressed with the Ukrainian people. Our hearts go out to them, our prayers go out to them, and our thoughts go out to them. Absolutely no one should ever have to go through that.
  • Moving on to a more positive note: over the month of March we will gain one hour and 27 minutes of sunshine! Out west — 2 hours and 7 minutes! That has to make you feel good!
  • Plant’22 is here! Ryan Benjamins is tweeting out that he was out putting red clover on wheat in March
  • Talk about crazy markets! Think about it: Russia and the Ukraine together are 30 per cent of the wheat that is exported in the world. And a lot of that wheat goes to the Middle East, Egypt, countries like that. They are facing food shortages, because there are no exports coming out of that 30 per cent of wheat exports.
  • Be careful, because what the market giveth…the market taketh away and usually in very short order. At some point, when this gets settled out, chances are — it’ll come crashing down.
  • Will the Ukraine actually get a crop planted in 2022? That’s the wild card that everyone is looking at right now. That’s what’s driving things crazy.
  • For those in the livestock industry having to buy this grain, the situation is not nearly as positive.
  • There’s some excitement surrounding Group 1 herbicide tolerant winter wheat. This came out of Colorado State, back in 2017, but it’s taken this long to really get into the system. Why is it a big deal? Well, there’s lots of areas of the world that have huge issues with grass pressure in winter wheat, and our group one products kill wheat. So to have group one resistance, you can go in, and you can take the cheap grass out. It’s a big deal.What is really also important about this is that it’s non GMO.
  • How much urea can I put into my two-by-two starter band on my corn crop? The listener that asked normally uses 28 per cent…but as we know, the fertilizer market right now is causing some very expensive fertilizer prices. Remember: anytime we put urea in that two-by-two band, we often talk about salt injury.
  • The further you move from the row, the higher the nitrogen rate you can use. But if you add phosphorus and potash to that, then the less starter effect you get out of that phosphorus in particular, because it takes the roots longer to get to that zone.
  • If we’re out there in mid-March, putting that first shot of nitrogen on really questionable wheat, or trying to bring it along, and it’s cold enough…nitrogen stabilizers rarely give a benefit.
  • Remember: soil textures play into this big time, too. Soil and temperature!

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