Wheat Pete's Word, July 5: Lodging crops, white mould, and the first quart of raspberries


Unfortunately, when it comes to Mother Nature, there’s no equality in the weather. Regardless, #harvest23 for winter cereals is underway in parts of Eastern Canada, and will continue through the country in the upcoming weeks.

There are a few things Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson wants to hit on before everyone is in full-blown harvest mode, and you better believe he’s going to cover them in this week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word. Listen below, or read on for a quick summary!

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  • Mmmm, fresh raspberries. You can’t beat them.
  • Some people have too much rain. Some people have not enough rain. The commodity markets are very volatile. However, sometimes we need to take a step back and look at the good things. This week, it was raspberries
  • This means sweet corn isn’t far behind! We are so blessed to live in an incredible part of the world.
  • Winter barley harvest has started in the breadbasket of Ontario
  • We are always hoping for record yields, but man, average isn’t always so bad either
  • Lodging in the wheat crop! Lodging isn’t good, however, poor crops don’t lodge. Maybe we will make that great crop after all
  • Prince Edward Island has had some fantastic rains and timely weather. It is the promised land this year!
  • Corn nitrogen rates need to be adjusted based on the amount of rainfall that we get from June 15th to July 15th
  • Ask yourself, “Do I have enough nitrogen on?”
  • There are areas that have had almost zero rainfall. There are some extremely dry areas. Remember — we need to manage those areas differently
  • Falling number — what to do about it?
  • The further north you go, what is astounding is all the cooler temperatures — how slow the crop has come to maturity. Particularly the winter barley crop. It’s usually ready first week of July, we’re now looking at a week or two behind that in parts of Ontario
  • With the cooler temperatures it’s going to be much harder to get double crop soybeans for the people who are planning to do that
  •  Alert, alert, alert! Cereal leaf beetle is causing the wheat crop to turn silver in Northern Ontario
  • Soybean aphids are out. Keep your eyes peeled
  • White mould is the big soybean disease that we need to look out for. The first thing you have to decide is do you need an application at all?
  • If you are in a dry area, your white mould risk is basically zero
  • It takes five-to-seven days to go from R1 to R2 stage
  • The other disease on everyone’s mind right now is tar spot
  • Where it is dry, there is a lot of potash deficiency right now. Keep an eye out for that. Potash moves with water
  • If you have potash deficiency, and an aphid lands there…it’s going to have a better diet, and that means it’s going to have a lot more babies
  • If we have the right weather, fusarium is always a concern

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