Category: Wheat

Spend Your Fertilizer Dollars Wisely

As crop yields and nutrient removal rates continue to increase, many growers wonder whether it’s time to top up fertilizer rates. At the core of the discussion in Ontario is whether critical soil test values for corn and soybeans are still valid and whether they pack the nutrient punch needed to allow new hybrids and… Read more »

Soybeans Driving Moves in the Grain Markets

Grain markets ended the second week of January a little higher than they started things, mainly thanks to a relatively bullish WASDE report from the USDA, on Thursday, January 12. The January report tends to provide some fireworks, and it did not disappoint this year, helping guide futures values higher. Soymeal, up 7.1% for the… Read more »

Wheat School: Understanding Those Higher Yields in Your Fields

Every wheat farmer has watched with glee as the number on their yield monitor jumps 20 to 50 bushels as the combine travels through the field. In this episode of Real Agriculture Wheat School, agronomist Phil Needham of Needham AG Technologies offers advice on how farmers can drill down through yield maps and soil tests… Read more »

Wheat School: ‘Real’ Wheat Farmers — Barry and Tyler McBlain Aim for a 160 Bu/Ac Average

Ontario farmers rarely see the yield monitor hit 240 bushels in their wheat crop. But Barry and Tyler McBlain hit that number in 2016. What’s even more amazing is that it happened on the tough clay soils southeast of Brantford in Brant County. In this episode of “Real Wheat Farmers”, agronomist Peter Johnson talks with… Read more »

Unforgettable Agronomy Lessons from 2016

Manage the crop, not the weather. That was the take-home message delivered via three agronomists at the 2017 Southwest Agricultural Conference. Leanne Freitag, with Cargill, Russ Barker, with Pioneer, and Steph Kowalski, with Agronomy Advantage, teamed up to share nine lessons of the trying 2016 growing season. From the non-negotiable need for sulphur on wheat,… Read more »

Wheat School: ‘Real’ Wheat Farmers – Mark McLean

Do you know a “real” wheat farmer? If not, agronomist Peter Johnson is going to introduce you to some of Ontario’s finest wheat growers in the upcoming episodes of Real Agriculture’s Wheat School. In this episode, Wheat Pete travels to Ripley, Ontario to talk with Brucelea Poultry’s Mark McLean. He takes wheat seriously and shares… Read more »

Wheat School: The Fusarium Story of 2016

The rain that helped Western Canadian farmers grow big wheat yields in 2016 also created some quality problems that are complicating the marketing of the 31.7 million tonne crop. Almost half (48.6 percent) of the Canada Western Red Spring wheat samples received by the Canadian Grain Commission in its voluntary harvest sample program were downgraded… Read more »

Soybean School: Should You Trade Long-Season Soys for Higher Wheat Yields?

RealAgriculture agronomist Peter Johnson stirred up a hornet’s nest earlier this year when he suggested Ontario cash croppers grow shorter-season soybeans so they can plant winter wheat earlier to optimize cereal yield. In this episode of Soybean School, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ soybean specialist Horst Bohner weighs in on the debate…. Read more »

Advanced Wheat and Barley Breeding Techniques Excite Montana Grain Growers

Wheat and barley growers across North America have been waiting for advancements in breeding techniques to make the crop types more competitive with corn, soybeans, and canola. At the recent Montana Grain Growers Association convention in Great Falls, Shaun talked to Dr. Hikmet Budak about a new advancement in plant breeding that really excited the crowd… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Nov. 30: Winter Learning, Thick Wheat Stands & Clover, & Performance Trials

If your wheat stand looks more like a golf green than a cereal crop, should you still put down clover early in the spring? And why the push for longer season varieties? Yes, it’s time for Wheat Pete’s Word here at RealAgriculture, and Peter Johnson has a fact-ion (see what we did there?) packed podcast… Read more »

Wheat School: Could an Owner’s Manual Accompany Your Next New Variety?

You may vary inputs based on field history or soil type, but have you considered treating your wheat differently, based on variety? It turns out that there are significant differences between how varieties respond to nitrogen, fungicide, and plant growth regulators. How a variety performs depends not just on its age, but where the background genetic… Read more »

This Week in the Grain Markets — Languishing Ideas

Grain markets got an American Thanksgiving boost as an unexpected update from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) surprised the oilseed complex, with soyoil leading, up 7.4% for the week. Soybeans weren’t far behind as they continue their run, up 5.1%, while canola held on a bit to climb 2.6%. Corn was supported by the EPA… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Nov 23: Corn Seed Treatment Comparisons, Nitrates Post-Silage, & Strip-till Don’ts

It’s Wednesday! And that means it’s time for resident agronomist Peter Johnson’s latest Word. While there’s not much growing out there this time of year except line ups at the corn dryer, there’s always something to talk about. In this week’s Wheat Pete’s Word, the Wildman talks corn trials (with some smart cautions), insecticide seed… Read more »

Field Demonstration Boosts Ontario Cellulosic Sugar Producers’ Confidence

Following what they deemed a successful two-day field trial earlier this month, officials from Ontario’s Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative are approaching their future with confidence. They’re actively recruiting members, raising $11 million in funds to buy equity into a processing plant in Sarnia for high-quality liquid dextrose, and to acquire the equipment necessary to harvest… Read more »

Growing Series – Ep3 – Marketability of Poor-Quality Wheat

SPONSORED CONTENT What a year 2016 has been. Maintaining the quality of this crop through tough summer conditions and the epic harvest weather setbacks has proven to be a major challenge. In this episode of the Growing Series Podcast sponsored by Cargill, we get the facts on quality, how it will impact marketing, and then hone… Read more »