Wheat Pete's Word, Mar 6: Lions and lambs, spring sulphur, drying conditions, and northern expansion


How did March begin where you are? If it came in like a lion does it leave like a lamb? Chances are slim, as Old Wives’ Tales aren’t usually very dependable, but we’ll soon find out as wicked weather hit the west but Ontario is nearly a month ahead of the calendar.

For Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson, that means there’s a bit more urgency to some of the agronomic questions that have come in this week for Wheat Pete’s Word. On the podcast this week, hear about sulphur sources, timing of both potash and phosphorus applications, and deciding N rates on corn.

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].


  • Southern Ontario is warm. The soil is very warm. Warm and dry!
  • March in like a calm lamb in Ontario — the West? Oh my what a lion!
  • Does ice on the Great Lakes matter about spring’s arrival?
  • Rainfall amount AND timing matters very much. Drying weather matters
  • Planting early is still about fit soil
  • Commodity Classic happened down in Houston, Texas. RealAgriculture was there (check out the videos)
  • Shaun Casteel talked sulphur and N-fixation in beans
  • @milkabot posted a photo comparing Northern Ont vs. Northern Quebec. Quebec is doing so much more
  • It’s an opportunity, but distance and infrastructure are key
  • Duals and farm safety
  • Get a tire handler, please
  • Think twice, act once
  • Agronomy answers time: Tiger 90 as the sole S source. Elemental vs. sulphate forms
  • Seed-placed vs broadcast placement and root access in wheat
  • Never quite get the same for P on wheat
  • Manure or commercial for P? Do both!
  • Broadcast K ahead of corn to solve the K issue. Soybeans are just fine for spring-applied K
  • 50 pounds of N on cover crop oats to feed corn. What about cereal rye after beans?
  • Rye before corn work says you need more N on that corn crop
  • What about a primed microbiology pump? Same idea?
  • Liquid vs dry fertilizer — costs per unit vs field efficiency argument (listen to it here)
  • Split app N on protein boost works for silage too
  • DO NOT roll alfalfa
  • Still too soon for N on wheat, but be ready to go soon

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