Wheat Pete's Word, May 10: Powdery mildew, road manners, and mighty triticale


On this week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s World, we get a glimpse at fall seeded crops from west and east and reports of our first fields harvests!

Never heard of triticale as a silage crop? This episode is for you, as host Peter Johnson shares some recent results from Ontario experiences of a new triticale variety that’s showing promise. Plus, Johnson follows up on last week’s discussion on fungicide on wheat, and adds in some urea incorporation tips to minimize losses.

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].

Wait a minute, isn’t it supposed to be #plant23? Yes, but #harvest23 is also rolling and not just in B.C.’s dairy region

  • Winter triticale is being harvested for haylage
  • Steve in Chatham-Kent says he’s finally able to go to the field and “stale seed bed” his sugar beets. That’s late!
  • Rain last week and over the weekend is keeping some out of the fields
  • When do I change from spring wheat to soybeans? It’s not easy to say because we’ve planted as late as May 28th spring cereals up in Bruce and Grey counties and gotten 80 bushel per acre spring wheat
  • Soybeans will be more economical, likely, but depends on the rotation and depends on the summer as well
  • Planting is a one-chance deal. Be patient and get it right, because, boy, it can be a long summer. There’s no saving it
  • Meanwhile, please be safe. You cannot fix the problems in agriculture without addressing the human component
  • We have to include the human component when you are driving down the road saying, “I gotta grow your food get out of my way!”
  • Please, on the road, be kind, and go at a reasonable speed
  • Get those lights on, too
  • Mud on the road is dangerous! We can do better


  • Fires in Alberta and Saskatchewan are having a huge impact there, but the smoke plume is huge in the upper atmosphere. It’s making it hazy in Ontario
  • Haze reduces solar radiation, and that CAN impact wheat yield if its severe or lasts long enough
  • Short winter-crops? Joanna Follings, the cereal specialist here in Ontario, says solar radiation makes a difference in terms of how tall that winter barley gets. The biggest challenge with winter barley is keeping it standing
  • Andy shares that he has magnesium trials in wheat. That is awesome. Keep it up!
  • Think about those trials. Get them in.
  • Dormant seeded wheat versus winter wheat comparison in Saskatchewan looks super cool
  • OK, back to triticale, Michelle Durnin, shared visuals of triticale

  • It looks like its maturity is about the same as cereal rye, which would push it quite a bit ahead of normal triticale
  • If you’re going to double crop and you could take it off in early May, then turn around and plant double crop soybeans?!
  • Manure is wonderful, but it’s not the way to get nitrogen on these annual forage crops
  • Joanna Wallace, Syngenta agronomist and also a dairy farmer in Huron County, says manure on winter triticale just beat it up
  • Recapping last week’s discussion on fungicide on wheat. Susan, who is along the north shore of Lake Erie, sent photos with A LOT of powdery mildew
  • Get out there and scout
  • Big dandelions this time of year is a big problem
  • Lots of discussion about big dandelions. Some of the dandelions are massive
  • What’s the plan in Xtend beans? Remember, no matter what, you won’t get good control this time of year
  • Glyphosate is good on dandelions, but it is rate sensitive. To get 95% control, you need a 2x rate of glyphosate
  • There’s lots of dandelions in winter wheat as well.
  • There are options in the fall for control, Pete often uses InfinityFX in the fall
  • Northern Ontario question: can you do a one-pass in the spring and still be no-till? No-till is not a religion and early planting matters. Remember that 80 per cent of the erosion happens in the non-growing season over the winter, for goodness sakes if all it takes is one pass two inches deep vertical tillage to get that crop in the ground three or four days earlier, do it!
  • On to urea. A little incorporation doesn’t guarantee lack of losses
  • Monday’s Agronomists was all about P and K management on soybeans!
  • Even when they got visual potash deficiency symptoms in Manitoba, they did not get response to potash, but the beans only yield at 25 bushels per acre (A drought year)
  • In Ontario, on an adequate soil test for P & K, 20 pounds of phosphorus and 40 pounds of potash resulted in a three bushel yield increase when his beans yielded over 60 bushels per acre
  • Check out The Agronomists here


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