Wheat Pete's Word, Feb 7: Teamwork, carbon capture, protecting early N, plant pops, and yield monitor hiccups


What’s one thing you love about agriculture in Canada? Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson wants us all to celebrate and share whatever that is next Tuesday on Canada’s Ag Day!

Johnson’s got some thoughts on how to best share our thoughts about agriculture in this week’s podcast, but don’t worry, there’s also plenty of agronomic questions and answers in this week’s edition of Wheat Pete’s Word, including if it’s too early for nitrogen on wheat, why season length is a key to decision making, and how to adjust plant populations based on yield zones.

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].


  • Canada’s Ag Day is next week!
  • Make some connections with those not in agriculture
  • Communication, dialogue, discussion
  • Bragging vs encouraging: there’s a difference
  • I vs. we — there is no I in team!
  • The Agronomists and TEC Talk the last few weeks have been AWESOME
  • Question what you’ve always done — even if you end up staying the course, you’ll have a better understanding of why
  • Beef producer is getting frustrated. How close to net zero are we?
  • Corn does capture carbon dioxide, but when we feed it, carbon is released. It’s a cycle
  • A YEN for net zero crop production in Europe/UK
  • Remember, we do have to eat!
  • Methane-limiting feed additive was approved 
  • November 3 vs mid-October wheat development
  • It’s early February, but it’s been mild. Is wheat out of dormancy? In some southern places, it may be
  • Early, early N — be wary of environmental implications (use dual inhibitor, low rate of N)
  • N before green-up will not ever be a benefit
  • Corn after rye cautions: in more southern areas, could it work better?
  • The difference is a month between termination and planting corn! (Long season)
  • Applying N on wheat. There ARE differences between winter and spring, if only because of protein
  • Tissue samples vs. soil test discrepancies
  • Stem elongation is the hungry time for wheat
  • Soybean population — higher in low yield areas? Dependent on water limiting or soil characteristics

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