Wheat Pete's Word, Dec 20: Lowering inputs, N from manure, blended N, and the 4Rs of the holidays


Happy holidays, one and all, and gather ’round as it’s time for the last episode of Wheat Pete’s Word for 2023!

For this episode, host Peter Johnson is coming to you from the city of London — the British one — where he’s spending time with family, but also touring some farms and research plots (because that’s just how he is). Listen on for a neat discussion on farming in the UK, and to gain some insight into N management using manure and treated fertilizer.

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].


  • It’s the last Word of the year!
  • Hear the next episode on January 3, 2024
  • Pete is spending some time with family in the UK
  • Rest, reflect, recharge, reconnect: Johnson’s 4Rs
  • Take the time to ask a question, please
  • Safety lesson: chains are not the best for pulling out a piece of a equipment. Use tow straps, please
  • Learning opportunities abound
  • In person, online, meetings, The Agronomists — get out there and learn!
  • Have to pay income text? You did well!
  • Wheat tells all
  • Make sure you stop and investigate low spots, dead spots
  • Internal drainage matters
  • In the UK, fall passes on wheat are common
  • 10 year leases are the norm there
  • Nitrogen management: on corn, 200 bu/ac corn. Only applied 60 lb in the 2×2 band, apply manure, too. Manure offers about 50 lb of N. Adding UAN never seems to add economic yield. Why does a strong yield still happen at the lower applied rates?
  • Long term value of manure is significant — it’s a legacy. More is available each year
  • Urea blend with coated N: is there a perfect ratio?
  • Price factors in
  • What about losses and nitrous oxide?
  • Input reductions: the GAP project
  • Peter shares stories from the Grange farm in the UK

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