Wheat Pete's Word(let), August 26: Winter canola, winter wheat, and a look at fertility


A wordlet. What a weird word, says RealAgriculture’s resident agronomist, Peter Johnson.

Today’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word is just that — a wordlet — because it’s not a full episode. (And also, it’s Friday, not Wednesday, so how about that!)

If you haven’t had a chance to check out this weeks’ full episode, do so, by clicking here. In the meantime, enjoy this special edition!

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 ran out of time in the latest episode of The Word, so alas, here we are.
  • Going to focus on three things: winter canola, winter wheat, and a look at fertility.
  • Winter canola — when is the best time to plant it? Is earlier, the better? Well…depends on the year.
  • Consider what soil types you have, as well.
  • Tune in to August 29th episode of The Agronomists — we’re going to take a deep dive on winter canola.
  • In southern Ontario, it looks like it could be a very early harvest with soybeans.
  • When do we plant winter wheat? And when is the right seeding rate?
  • Plan, plan, plan, those winter crops. It will pay you dividends.
  • Too many stems per square foot, can equal lodging.
  • Ontario — visit gocereals.ca for the proper seeding date for your area.
  • Just because it’s a winter crop, doesn’t mean variety selection isn’t still important.
  • We can not predict what kind of October we are going to have (as much as we may try). Know what the optimum seeding date is where you are at.
  • Fertility with hog manure. How much phos do I need?
  • What about potash? Wheat does not need potash, says Pete.
  • The more we reduce tillage in corn, the more we need to be paying attention to how much potash we are putting down.




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