Wheat Pete's Word, Aug 10: Falling pods, insect feeding, wheat premiums, and torrential downpours


There’s so much going on this week in agriculture!

In the west, field days are winding down, but there are still a few chances for Ontario growers to participate in some learning events, including an upcoming field day on compaction.

Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson is encouraging all to attend, and also covers the top agronomic questions this week, including what to do about aphids, when to watch for wheat premiums, and why short corn isn’t so bad.

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].


  • Learn, learn, learn, y’all! Summer tour and field day season is a time to learn. Make sure you get to a few
  • Rye harvested vs roller-crimped ahead of beans — very cool
  • The drought is not fully broken in Ontario; pockets of very dry areas still exists
  • Eastern Ontario got dumped on with 80 mm on Sunday/Monday
  • Water use: will water for agriculture be cut to keep hydro electricity running? It’s happening in areas of the U.S.
  • A corner of Saskatchewan got down below 2 degrees C. Yikes! Too close
  • Plenty of late crops in Western Canada need a nice September, please
  • Soft white winter wheat premiums are out there
  • Don’t ignore hard red winter, either
  • Remember that N makes protein
  • No, the corn isn’t 7-feet in drought areas
  • Short corn doesn’t always mean low yields, at all
  • Plenty of work has gone in to stress tolerance in corn
  • Silks can wait a long time for pollen
  • 16-tonne per acre barley silage in southern Alberta. BOOM!
  • Dry years will scare you to death, wet years will starve you to death
  • 14″ soybean plants with 29 pods! And some 4-bean pods
  • Get those air reels working well before you get into the field
  • Late season beans are re-flowering
  • Soybean pods falling off, says Jeremy Johnson (see photo)
Photo credit: Jeremy Johnson, Sevita International
  • Pods littering the ground, as the plant sheds them (drought stressed)
  • Alert! (but only one) Western bean cutworm peak moth flight has occurred. Cranberry beans already showing damage and have had to spray
  • Soybean aphids exploding the east (see below)
  • Nitrogen emissions reductions have everyone talking. Read this timeline piece from Kelvin Heppner.

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