Wheat Pete's Word: Provincial record corn yields, learning from others, and all about P


It’s the last week of March but the weather has turned cool and more average for this time of year. That means there’s plenty of questions streaming in as farmers get ready to hit the fields.

This week on Wheat Pete’s Word, host Peter Johnson has to make good on a bet, we learn about phosphorus rates and sources, AND we all get some life lessons on what to do between high school’s end and taking on a farm (hint: get off the farm!)

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].


  • Things to consider before a farm kid comes back to the farm: learn from others, learn from school, have a non-family boss
  • No matter what, someone coming back to the farm has to bring value — new skills, new ideas. Check out the discussion from Monday’s episode of RealAg Radio
  • Farming is the art of applying the science
  • New record for corn in Ontario! Pete lost the bet on corn
  • Final 202 bu/ac, 2 bu better than 2021 (the last highest number). Soybeans in at 53 bu/ac
  • Got grain in the bin? Spring sun is strong and hot
  • Check those bins, and turn on the fans if you need to, friends
  • What the heck is seedbed utilization?
  • We need to know what it is if we’re going to talk about phosphorus and starter fertilizer decisions
  • Let’s answer the questions we didn’t get to! Watch the whole show, here: The Agronomists
  • Seedbed utilization means the narrower the opener and the wider the rows, the higher the risk of salt toxicity
  • Wheat can handle a little “hotter” of a seedbed because the growing point is protected
  • Crop type, opener, and rate all factor in
  • Strip-tillage considerations
  • What about deep banding P? Too deep is positionally unavailable
  • What about alternatives to MAP?
  • Here are the facts (That Peter refers to)

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