Wheat Pete's Word, April 3: Solutions to early spring weeds, sulphur lessons, and nine years of the Word


Here’s something you maybe didn’t know: Host of The Word, Peter ‘Wheat Pete’ Johnson started Wheat Pete’s Word a full NINE years ago, back before podcasts were cool.

So let’s kick off the 10th year with something really special — like the second warmest winter on record since 1895!  Johnson also discusses evaluating geese damage to winter wheat, when sulphur might work on soybeans, and trample damage on wheat and why to avoid it.

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].


  • Entering the 10th year of Wheat Pete’s Word
  • How warm was it?
  • 1895 — second warmest since, 1-3 degrees C warmer than average
  • Winter canola is in full bloom in Texas
  • Freeze damage in wheat in Kansas — during elegonation
  • Sukhpal Bal shared the challenges of being a cherry grower this year
  • Gosh darn geese getting at the winter wheat crop. Can it come back from it? It depends on how many times it happens. It will for sure delay maturity
  • Weed control for ultra-early seeding? Get even earlier. That could be fall-applied, soil applied residual weed control
  • Set yourself up for success
  • Early grassy weeds or winer annuals in wheat questions
  • Walk those fields and scout, scout, scout
  • More frost heave than expected
  • Barley on edible bean ground, where beans were pulled, more frost heave
  • Tramp damage on wheat — ay yi yi
  • Have tramlines or use the same tracks, please. Terragator (tri-wheel) is no good
  • Get that clover on, regardless
  • Sulphur response on soybeans. Watch for a new Sharp Edge episode on the topic soon!
  • S is important to rhizobium and N fixation
  • Sulphate will move with water, but less so than N
  • A field with manure in the history — how do you account for the credit? Depends on if its wheat or corn, due to when the crop needs it
  • Phosphorus question on sand soil: broadcast it all? With the seed? Dry conditions? Salt effect?
  • When do you stop putting P in a 2×2 band, based on soil test
  • Make sure you don’t get burn! And don’t forget K
  • 100+ ppm soil test likely won’t give an economic response
  • N on cereal rye — running out of time for forage fields. Has to go on early. It’s about biomass, not grain

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