Wheat Pete's Word, Aug 23: Broadcasting wheat in to beans, cover crop timelines, and critical thinking exercises


A less than ideal wheat harvest hasn’t dampened a lot of excitement over wheat yields in Ontario, as some great averages are trickling in. The biggest question popping up on Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson’s radar right now is how to get next year’s wheat off to the best start while beans are still standing.

The idea of broadcasting wheat into standing beans isn’t new, but it seems to be a popular consideration this season. In this episode of Wheat Pete’s Word, Pete covers some of the success strategies and what to avoid. Plus, hear about P and K applications and the importance of using our critical thinking skills.

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  • Hey, Pete — here’s some sweet corn!
  • What about Taber corn? Someone get Pete some Taber sweet corn…
  • The tractor skill games are happening September 2. Proceeds go to London Children’s Hospital
  • Remember: keep your kids safe and keep an eye on them
  • Selfies are always fun
  • How will the corn crop fare in incredible heat and wind down south?
  • Meeting growers from Kansas — how cool is that? Thanks, Kirk
  • Drive agriculture forward, that’s what it’s all about
  • It does look like a record crop in Ontario… but it’s a long way from the bin
  • 30% of wheat yields reported. Tickling a record wheat crop
  • YEN project — looking so forward to the data, but everyone needs to submit that data
  • A producer in the UK said their soil was producing too much K so they were baling the straw to get rid of the K
  • Um, let’s think critically
  • Maybe with dairy cows and too high of K, but that’s likely the only worry
  • “Let the weeds grow because the bees are down by 50% and our food supply is now at risk” — would you like to buy some weed seeds?
  • The bee population is doing well, in Canada at least
  • Broadcasting wheat in to soybeans: it can work but there are some tricks and tips
  • It’s a wash on yield, most of the time
  • What’s the key? Seeding date
  • Broadcast in to beans is better than not getting wheat in at all?
  • Drilled in reasonable time then that is the most consistent
  • When do you go in? Before the leaves drop, for a few reasons
  • Slugs are an issue. A big one
  • Up your seeding rate by about 50% up from what would go through the drill
  • Remember! No treated seed in the beans
  • But go in early, instead, and treat the seed
  • Beware of bunt! An issue with farm-saved seed
  • Triticale instead of wheat? Likely won’t catch as easily but should work
  • How late to get cover crops in? You need 6 weeks of growth
  • Spread the P and K with oats… how far down do we work it? 2″
  • Oats vs winter wheat as a cover crop — winter wheat is cheaper, but oats will try and grow much more aggressively this fall

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