Wheat Pete's Word, Oct 19: Wheat records, next gen agronomists, and gauging winter survival odds


The password is: Incredible!

This week, host Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson is PUMPED about a number of things, including some new records, and some very cool plot results. Plus, he shares some listener feedback and a challenge to support a great organization. Oh, and there’s some great agronomic discussions, too.

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].


  • 99.7 bu/ac provincial average on winter wheat — incredible! A new record
  • Incredible feedback from listeners: Wheat Pete’s Word is all about family time and teaching the next generation
  • (Editor’s note: It warms the cockles of my heart, though I am unaware of what a cockle actually is)
  • Pete and Shane finished the plots already. Also incredible!
  • Eric on PEI, says despite hurricane damage, looks like good yields
  • John sent in plot data from Quebec. Gold star, send in the plot data
  • 240 bu/ac, over 6 tonnes/ac corn. By the way, on corn-on-corn was a tonne per acre less
  • Some test weight issue popping up in the corn
  • Is there record wheat acres in the ground right now in Ontario? MAYBE
  • There’s a fun wager happening benefiting 4-H Ontario (shout out to Shawn Schill)
  • 2008 was 1.225 million. Pete’s guess is 1.2894 million acres
  • Cool those beans! Read/listen to more here
  • Dry is good, but they have to be dry AND cool
  • Alberta, under irrigation, wheat seeded Aug 26. 14 tillers per plant!
  • Niagara Peninsula wheat is not looking great, even after re-planting
  • Not irrigated? 5 weeks planted and the wheat still hasn’t germinated. Too dry
  • Even the winter annuals aren’t germinating
  • Everything will depend on winter — just to germinate and vernalize. It doesn’t need to sprout!
  • Some areas are super wet and harvest has made a mess
  • Essex County, Sept 1 canola, most of it didn’t germinate it is so dry
  • The winter canola is not likely going to make it. Slim chance, but not none
  • Emergence differences on wheat — what gives? One day makes a big difference, sometimes by 20 or more GDDs
  • Late August canola looks great in some areas, and hasn’t bolted. That should be excellent
  • Monday night’s episode of The Agronomists — Watch it here. Wet feet!
  • Anaerobic conditions means roots die back, are injured, and they are starved for energy

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