Wheat Pete's Word, Nov 23: Cycling nutrients, delicate corn, YEN results, and N losses


How cold does it need to be to try and harvest snowed-in corn?

That answer depends on the combine you’re running, says Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson on this episode of Wheat Pete’s Word. This week’s episode also features a discussion on nitrogen management, losses, cover crop tie-up of nutrients, and an increase in fines on late to black layer corn.

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].


  • Safety first, please. We’re going to keep reminding you
  • Get those carbon monoxide detectors set up, in the shop too
  • Living, standing cover crop can stop a lot of snow, and keep those roads clear (see below)
  • Ontario corn committee have the data available! GoCorn.net
  • What about fungicide trials? About 40% of 2021 acres got a fungicide pass, hmmmm
  • The YEN competition results are in. Nearly 166 bu/ac, and 88% of yield potential
  • 20,500 pounds of biomass, 144 heads per square foot took the cake
  • Check out all the winners here!
  • Harvest is grinding ahead
  • The ports are full and backed up
  • How do you manage corn in the snow? Needs to be colder than -7 degrees C, even at -12 newer combines can plug
  • Slow to black layer corn is kicking out lots of fines. More delicate corn?
  • Yield reports: end of the day, a farm hit 5-year average, but the range was wild
  • More reports of wheat outyielding corn. Ouch
  • Managing nitrogen losses begins with understanding nitrogen interactions — check out the Agronomists from Monday’s show
  • We’ve improved so much on so many levels. Keep pushing!
  • Oats as a cover, after liquid manure, in to corn — how do I estimate N available for the corn crop?
  • The oats will pick up some N that will be available next year, but it’s not a simple answer on WHEN it’s available
  • What if you take the oat crop as balage?
  • What about other nutrients in the cover crop in general? It cycles! It’s not lost, but might be unavailable for some time
  • Organic matter understanding article is here
  • Growers want to plant wheat — should soybean crop not get a fungicide? Stay tuned


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