Wheat Pete's Word, June 14: Corn loves wheat, hot hay, hail impacts, and nitrate soil test results


If some Wheat Pete’s Word is good, then more is better; or at least that’s what the listeners are saying about these somewhat-extended versions of the podcast.

Host Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson isn’t known for being short on words, but lucky for all of us, he’s using a bunch of them answering your questions this week, including a discussion on colourful corn and root trouble, hail impacts, rotation benefits, and the importance of pulling soil nitrate tests.

Have a question you’d like Wheat Pete to address or some field results to send in? Agree/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].


  • Long time listener? Call in! Pete loves feedback
  • No business is so important we don’t have time to do it safely. Read that again
  • Take your Wheat Pete’s 15. Drop in, pick up the phone, send a text
  • A little longer for the Word is OK so long as we’ve got questions to answer
  • Ontario finally saw some rain, nearly from tip to tip to tip
  • The trouble is, the rain brought hail in some spots. Nearly the Great White Combine
  • Hail hitting wheat knocked out kernels. Will what’s left still fill? Yup, so long as the stem is intact and the kernels are attached
  • Corn was left as sticks in the field, but the growing point should be OK and it will come back. Stewart’s wilt might be an issue and more smutted ears
  • Four inches of rain fell in some spots
  • Maryland, 2nd driest year in 131 years so far, but they got rain too
  • Southern Alberta-based Premium Ag has drought wheat and its heading out because it’s so dry. Two to three weeks too soon based on the average
  • University of Illinois wheat breeder Jessica Rutkoski shared a super cool photo of wheat


  • Alert! Check the hay in storage! We’ve got heating
  • Yes, it rained, but winter cereals have already lost the yield potential
  • May 19th rain helped, but between the tile runs really hurt by the lack of rain
  • Knolls have dead barley, especially on the shoulders. RIP, barley

    Burned up knolls tillage erosion (2023)
  • Leaf tip necrosis on flag leaf over drought stress? May be variety specific
  • Fungicide burn on some crop because of dry conditions
  • Straw prices? Call around. It’s a very local market
  • Nodal roots … are we in for rootless corn? Tune in to Monday’s episode of The Agronomists to talk emergence issues and the impact all summer long
  • Purple corn is sometimes a root problem, not really a phosphorus problem
  • 100 corn heat units behind, low N mineralization
  • What do you do? We have a Corn School on that
  • Rainfall drives this for sure
  • May 26, surface urea, some moisture (75/25 urea/protected urea) but didn’t get the rain after that was forecast. Pull the tests!
  • Lontrel on corn silage going to wheat…drive on

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