Wheat Pete's Word, June 5: Stroke awareness week, in-crop nitrogen, and rain delay decisions


It’s stroke awareness week!

Peter Johnson starts off this episode of Wheat Pete’s Word by talking about both volunteering and the importance of catching strokes early. Medical procedures can now reverse almost all of the negative impacts of a stroke if they can be treated within the first four to six hours. Remember the acronym FAST, F is for one side of your Face drooping, A for Arms, watch for trouble moving your arms, S is for Speech, pay attention to if your speech is impaired, and if you get to the T it’s Time to call 9-1-1. FAST – Face, Arms, Speech and Time to call.

Moving on to the agronomic side of things, with weather being top of mind for many producers facing drought and an inundation of rain depending on location, this episode contains the answers to many questions about late seeding of corn, the possibility of unseeded soybean acres, weed control, late nitrogen application, and concerns surrounding wheat and fusarium head blight.

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  • While it’s maybe not an ideal time of year to talk about volunteering, it’s an important part of our community. According to a University of Maryland study, when you are volunteering your time, it is worth $44 an hour
  • While crop damage can appear to have come from the birds, it could be insect damage, or squirrel damage, instead, so it is important to ask questions
  • There is currently a lot of stress that is being caused by the weather. While areas like Renfrew in Ontario are experiencing oats planted in April coming into head, some growers in the greater London area still do not have crop in the ground
  • If corn is not in the ground until June 10, you are 100% fine, even up until the 15th of June
  • In the London region you can probably plant corn on July 1 if it’s a 70 day hybrid and still get it to mature, just not with the yield that you would see out of a 100 day hybrid
  • If you think that you are not going to get the corn in before June 15 and will have unseeded acres, call Agricorp and give them that heads up
  • Soybeans have a crop insurance deadline of June 30
  • The later that you go into seeding soybeans, the more row width matters. Narrow rows will canopy faster, it’s about getting canopy closure and building a factory before they go reproductive
  • With group 14 entry, the weed control that we are getting is outstanding in soybeans. The downside is that with the group 14 products, a big rain right as the soybean is hooking through the soil, they can get enough uptake of the product that it can take the plant out. It’s rare, but it does happen
  • For good weed control, a lot of these herbicides take water volume, water volume, water volume. Glyphosate is the exception that that rule
  • Apparently if you add a four to six second squirt of Dawn dish soap into every sprayer tank that you spray, it will keep your filters clean and will not cause foam. It does not remove the herbicide residue in the tank
  • If you put 30-50 lbs of nitrogen on wheat at growth stage 32, it will still be economical. You need about 21 days of grain fill left from the time that you apply that nitrogen, but post heading still works depending on timing
  • When the crop badly needs nitrogen, be aware that nitrogen stabilizers will slow down availability of urea
  • When it comes to amounts of nitrogen applied as sidedress in corn, if you don’t have enough nitrogen in and around that corn plant at the five leaf stage, yield will suffer. With 30 lbs in the starter, it buys you until an early sidedress, probably until six leaf corn. With 50 lbs you will probably get to eight leaf corn, but you’re still always on the early side. The growers that can wait longer have 100 lbs of nitrogen out there
  • Nitrogen loss happens with ponded water in areas that stay saturated for an extended period of time. If they dry out in between rains you shouldn’t experience much yield loss the first day, after that you can get four to five percent nitrogen loss per day
  • Wheat is at high risk for fusarium head blight, even if you’re a day or two late, get your fusarium fungicide on
  • Stripe rust does not affect seed quality, you can keep the seed, but should be buying certified seed. T3 fungicide application will control the stripe rust for the balance of the season, so it’s not necessary to spray a second time to control it

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