Wheat Pete's Word, Aug 30: Ongoing training, aphids attack, and a funny looking pigweed


Goooooood day, and welcome to this episode of Wheat Pete’s Word!

On this episode of The Word, host Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson asks about BIG soybeans, bad weeds, and of course, seeing as it’s the end of August — it’s agronomy, agronomy, agronomy.

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  • Wowza! New soybean yield record – 206.8 bu/ac of soybeans. How can that be possible?!
  • In Ontario, it just doesn’t stop raining…some areas of Ontario saw seven — yes SEVEN — inches of rain last week
  • A funny looking pigweed was found in Wellington County…yup, it has happened. Palmer amaranth. Yet another thing to battle
  • Check out this Soybean School for more information:
  • Do NOT let the silly weed go to seed!
  • If you are a student at the University of Guelph, go on the Midwest Tour! It is so cool. For goodness sakes. So much learning to be had.
  • Farmers are some of the best educated as far as ongoing training goes
  • There’s a lot of talk going on twitter right now in regards to nitrogen, and when your wheat needs nitrogen. Check out our latest episode of The Agronomists for more:
  • It’s always good to challenge the status quo…just make sure you are using your critical thinking skills as well
  • Remember: Less clay, means better drainage
  • The broadcast wheat — oooooh, baby! More on the topic:
  • Remember, if you broadcast that wheat in, that foliage has to be dry
  • If you have a lot of lodged soybeans, you have to wait until those leaves drop off, or it’s likely not a good candidate to broadcast wheat on
  • ALERT ALERT ALERT! Bean leaf beetle in IP soybeans. Still getting the odd report of soybean aphids at very high levels in the soybean crop. Pay attention, just because it’s end of August/beginning of September, these insects can still be quite troublesome.
  • Don’t stop scouting, get out there — look again
  • Ozone damage is something we’re seeing more of again, due to the poor air quality with the smoke
  • If you do not see any hint of dent in your corn by August 30, you have to worry about maturity. Don’t forget about the variability in the corn fields, either. We really wonder where it came from
  • Watch your second cobs. A lot of fields do have those second cobs. Historically, that’s where we really get into gib infections — so that’s another thing to pay attention to.

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