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!