Wheat Pete's Word, Nov 15: Iced-up corn, mushy seeds, salt considerations, and winter plans


What’s worse than corn becoming a mess in the field? Corn becoming a mess in a bin or silo!

On that not-so-happy note, we kick off this week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word, where host Peter Johnson makes an apology for a mistake, encourages everyone to send in plot results, and runs down answers to some of the top questions of the week around wheat, fertilizer and more!

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].


  • There are way too many reports coming in of close calls with tractor incidents with other vehicles on the road
  • Think twice, act once. Check that your lights are working. Take the header off the combine
  • FIRE! Corn fines are causing issues with dryers
  • An in-bin dryer made a mess in 34 per cent corn after two days
  • Prince Edward Island has a real mess on its hands
  • 120 bu/ac wheat crop — so wet and so much fusarium, and now is off the ground and a green mat of growing wheat
  • Whoops! My bad. Gabe Brown is alive
  • Two-row barley has more straw than six-row lines this year. Check out the yield winners at GoCereals.ca
  • Agritechnica! New Holland’s CR11  — two radar guns that adjust the residue management on the fly
  • Ontario Ag Conference — there’s questions, we know. It’s a bit complicated. Call in and ask!
  • Managing subsoil for higher yields, as an example
  • Corn yields have been solid, not stupendous. The 300 bu/ac corn is after wheat with red clover underseeded
  • Plowing along (!!) and where he is plowing where there was clover, he’s using 20 per cent less fuel
  • Some areas have corn hybrids hanging on to moisture. Check those husks
  • Breaking 260 bu/ac? Environment might cap things, based on sunlight, water, roots, etc.
  • Corn does such a major job of translocating a massive amount of carbohydrate t
  • High moisture corn at 42 per cent — will that even ensile? It will likely be sour, and high in butyric acid
  • Better to dry and ensile? What about a solid block of corn-ice? Ouch
  • On to lodging! Not as much corn lodging as there could be; it’s not a disaster by any stretch. A link to potash deficiency?
  • Spread K on soybean stubble or stalks? It’s not an environmental hazard
  • Phosphorus, though — it’s a no, full stop, right now
  • Environmentally, it’s a hard-core problem of P moving in the fall
  • DON in the corn: Take note of the hybrids, and where you’re seeing what hybrids are higher
  • Do you have fungicide results? Send them!
  • Question on spraying glyphosate in cooler temps — what’s the risk?
  • As long as the temp stays above -4 degrees C
  • Wheat, finally. Some farmers are patching in drowned out spots
  • Drive on, there’s still time to get wheat in
  • Some wheat is going yellow. And purple! The wheat is doing what it should, but the roots aren’t up to the task just yet
  • 400 growing degree days so far and only three leaves? The growing point is below ground and that’s cooler than air temp
  • Mushy seed in the ground, what to do? It’s why we turn up the seeding rate when it gets late
  • Digestate on wheat: how much can you put on? Less than 100 pounds of N. Watch the salt concentration
  • Mucky soil means dead wheat. All bad
  • The Last Resort — go see Pete!

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