Wheat Pete's Word, Nov 30: Pennycress, broadcasting wheat, fungicide on beans, and online learning


If you’re in love with wheat, and really, who isn’t, is it worth skipping a fungicide in soybeans to get wheat in sooner?

That’s a big question and one that requires a few more perspectives than just fungicide use, so host of Wheat Pete’s Word, Peter Johnson, tackles that in this week’s episode. Plus, we’ll talk about DON levels in corn, learning through video series and hybrid conferences, 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].


  • The Ontario Agriculture Conference is a hybrid offering. Let’s clear up the confusion. Every session is recorded, including the sessions at Waterloo and the sessions at Kemptville. There’s just too much good information there to miss!
  • Did you know that our schools make for great learning tools at home and in school? Use them! Check out all the landing pages
  • One of the topics that is tougher to find info on? Hybrid rye
  • Keep the messages and questions coming
  • Apparently fire in a corn field isn’t as rare as we might hope
  • On heavy ground, post-fire, the ground was like concrete
  • Looking at the U.S. Drought Monitor, and the drought is just a huge issue in agriculture
  • Australia is making up for years of drought with a deluge
  • What happens when you add sunflower genes to wheat? It helps the wheat crop withstand drought. So now, when wheat goes under drought stress with that gene in it, it will yield 20 per cent more than wheat that doesn’t have that gene
  • It’s been in the works for 20 years, but because there’s such a perception around GMOs, we may not see it in commercial fields
  • There’s concern about availability of Matador from Syngenta, and Silencer from ADAMA Canada. Read more here, but also listen to the November 30 radio show to hear from Cornie Thiessen on the matter
  • Pete laments that we are going to slowly have fewer and fewer products available. Hopefully there are some new biologicals coming down the pipe
  • Alert, alert, alert! We are hearing reports of some higher DON levels in the corn crop
  • Do higher yields mean higher DON levels? Ding, ding, ding, ding. Yeah, absolutely. Why is that? It’s because higher yielding crops, you probably had more moisture, and moisture drives the gibberella in the corn crop
  • Let’s talk about the role of fungicides on soybeans and how that relates to getting wheat planted on time
  • Every time we delay wheat planting dates past the optimum date, we lose yield. Fungicide has a “stay green” effect on beans, delaying harvest
  • Is it worth skipping the fungicide? That’s one part of the discussion
  • It’s a really great discussion at the end of the day, shorten up your soybean maturity a bit, plant those fields as early as you can, within reason
  • In the short season areas, be careful — everything is a tradeoff
  • If you’re going to use a desiccant before physiological mature maturity on that bean crop it absolutely must be a contact desiccant. You cannot use Roundup (glyphosate) as a desiccant in this case
  • The Agronomists session on Monday was on picking hybrids and picking varieties
  • Everybody needs to understand where the data comes from, and the difference between one rep or replicated
  • Great looking broadcast wheat, does it need a herbicide pass?
  • Remember when broadcasting wheat, treated seed must never show up in soybean deliveries
  • Pete will be at the 406 Agronomy Conference in Havre, Montana
  • Dr. Tim Siebel, weed specialist, looking at pennycress as a cover crop

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