Wheat Pete's Word, Dec 7: Cooperation, compaction, winter wheat acres, and the value of zero


Before you know it, the days are going to start getting longer, just as meteorological winter begins! And what does winter really mean? Conference season!

In this week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word, host Peter Johnson answers your questions left on the phone line, offers some solid life advice from an astronaut, and shares his huge disappointment in Ontario’s final winter wheat acreage number for fall 2022 planting.

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].


  • Even on vacation, Wheat Pete records the Word!
  • Finally some phone calls rolling in. Keep them coming, please
  • Winter has begun…according to the calendar, anyway
  • Meeting season is beginning too, as are the deadlines to register
  • Pete will be in Winnipeg next week at the Manitoba Agronomy Conference! Say hello
  • International updates are always welcome. Tell us what’s different!
  • What book are you reading right now?
  • Cooperation and challenging each other makes us all better
  • Agricorp number is 1.14 million acres of winter wheat (1.225 was the record), but StatsCan suggests 1.3 million
  • No N on wheat, no herbicide, no fungicide equals non competition and poor yields
  • Better soil health and better weed control starts with a better crop
  • Fall applied dry beef manure needs to be actually incorporated
  • Nitrogen uniformity matters!
  • The type matters less, but it’s easier to do a better job with liquid
  • Late beans and dry down: in the north, just let the frost work
  • Look at desiccation critically
  • Lodging oats (worse after canola), what to do? Better oats after canola, that’s for sure. You can use a PGR (check the label, please)
  • Amy Delaquis (nee Mangin) has done great work on managing N and lodging and seeding rates
  • Reduced seeding rate and split N can make a huge difference
  • Compaction action: back up and say, where is the compaction zone? Deep down? Red clover in rotation and wheat will help with lower compaction
  • Check out Monday’s episode The Agronomists on compaction and controlled traffic
  • Compare tilled vs. zero tilled land — soil structure
  • Plot results are coming in. Keep them coming, please
  • Fungicide ROI in soybeans!
  • So many things to learn on doing trials
  • 4-year study on potatoes: 27 non-traditional treatments, 32 different products = no yield or profit increase whatsoever. Wowzers.


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