Wheat Pete's Word, Apr 13: A giant blizzard, green up, split applied N, and an alert about bees


What a wild week in weather for much of the Northern Plains! The blizzard of decades is settling in on Manitoba, socking in many and closing the roads.

Meanwhile in Ontario, the warm sunshine is setting up some winter wheat for nitrogen application, which brings us to some great questions for Wheat Pete’s Word. Host Peter Johnson tackles that plus timely questions on red clover, bee kills, 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].


  • Pete’s in Alberta with the RealAg team where it’s cold, but it’s not snowing
  • Snow bomb, snowmageddon, snowpocaplyse, whatever what you want to call it, there is a nasty weather system over the central U.S. and moving in to Manitoba, and it’s a record breaker
  • But in other areas, persistent and extra drought is still a dark cloud that’s hanging over the growing season
  • Do you seed to moisture? What if there isn’t any? Is 3″ too deep?
  • Driving Calgary to Lethbridge: why is there not more wheat in, y’all. Put it in to cold storage
  • Warm weather this week in Ontario has spurred nitrogen application on wheat
  • Green up is happening, and we’ll get to assess the wheat fully soon
  • Some of the wheat is in tough shape
  • December planted wheat is now sprouting, maybe it will make it
  • Rye might have needed a seed treatment
  • Eastern Ontario forage looks good coming out of winter
  • What is integrity? Doing the right thing when nobody is watching.
  • Alert! Alert! Alert! Bee hive kills are way up Ontario coming out of winter. What’s going on? Renfrew area, Lambton county
  • Warm open fall meant wasps where active late. Robbed hives. But it appears there’s also a new virus at play, the Israeli acute paralysis virus, and varroa mites taking advantage of weak hives
  • Red clover is in high demand for winter wheat
  • Farmers are trying red clover for the first time, frost seeding and also a little later
  • Remember to plan your herbicide passes around the presence of the clover
  • Link to Crop Protection Hub here
  • Let’s talk antagonism in herbicide products, glyphosate specifically
  • Variable rate nitrogen considerations for good, less-good wheat: From a yield perspective, we rarely see big yield gains to split nitrogen. And that’s because we rarely lose a lot of that nitrogen in Ontario
  • For lodging risks, yes, it works
  • Don’t forget about The Agronomists on Monday night, April 18, 8 pm E (find it here)


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