Category: Wheat Pete’s Word

Wheat Pete’s Word, Jan 18: Tight Husks, Corn Residues, Bin Fans, and Old-Crop Soybeans

Manure no-no’s, cleaning corn to reduce vomitoxin levels, and trying to rush nature — this week’s Wheat Pete’s Word is jam-packed with answers to your toughest questions! Peter Johnson kicks of the Word with a discussion on spreading dry vs. liquid manure on snow, and then gets specific on vomi reduction on corn (including why it’s… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Jan 11: Feeding Soil Bugs, Broadcast vs. Banded Fert, & Keeping it Complicated

As the winter learning season rolls forward, the agronomy questions are flooding in, and Peter Johnson, host of Wheat Pete’s Word, wouldn’t have it any other way. In this week’s episode, Johnson tackles some very complicated — but super important — ins and outs of nitrogen management. Confused about which crops leave a credit and why… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Jan 4: 15″ Row Do’s and Dont’s, Green Under Snow, & Building OM

It may be a new year, but it’s the same ol’ host for Wheat Pete’s Word (only a little bit because we named it after him, and mostly because he’s a one-of-a-kind). This week, you’ll be dazzled by the organic matter talk, as some clarification was needed, plus Peter Johnson takes on the yield loss after… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Dec 28: Starter Fert on Corn, the N/Protein Dance, & All About Clover

On the eve of 2017, we wrap up the calendar year with one last instalment of Wheat Pete’s Word. From a recent land price record, to so many questions on fertilizer timing, placement, and products, and finally on to a great deep dive into single and double cut clover, Johnson tackles alfalfa discussions, the true… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Dec 21: Unlocking the Secrets of Crop Rotation (Hint: It’s All About OM)

After a week in the sunny south (no, not Chatham), Peter Johnson returns for this latest Wheat Pete’s Word. Always one to keep it festive, Johnson kicks off this week’s word with a lovely chat about hog manure, moves on to grain storage problems in cold weather, and even tackles some wild claims of lowering soil… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Dec 7: Soybean Demand, Brown Wheat & the Cost of Corn-and-Beans

As winter sets in, decisions are being made on what to plant next year, and thanks to U.S. biofuel policy and weather issues in South America, it’s looking like soybeans will be a preferred option. Yes, Real Ag agronomist Peter Johnson’s talking markets to kick off this week’s edition of the Word. Moving from soybean demand… 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 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 »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Nov 16: Root Masses, Crop Diagnostics, & Measuring Soil Health

We kick off this week’s Wheat Pete’s Word with running diagnostics on the #plantgreen corn for 2016 to try and figure out all that went right, and what went wrong. Plus, a reminder about registering for the South-West Ag Conference happening in early January (even Lyndsey Smith is speaking!), as this event sells out each… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Nov. 9 — Surprising Spring Yields, Bump Your Reps, Split-App N, & Wet-Feet Wheat

It turns out spring cereal yields in Ontario, on average, were better than expected, as RealAg Agronomist Peter Johnson highlights in this week’s Word. From celebrating the 108 percent of average barley crop, to lamenting the lack of farmer-submitted fungicide plot results, to weird symptoms showing up in wheat, Peter covers a whole host of… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, November 2 — Stuffed Elevators, Double Crop Delights, Good Science, & Sunflower Seeds

Despite a tough year, there are reports of Ontario elevators running at full capacity or right full. Some farmers are reporting a record wheat and soybean year, which explains the full delivery points, but as harvest winds down many farmers will be happy with average, at best. That’s where we start with this week’s Wheat Pete’s Word,… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Oct 26 — A New World in Seed Treatments (again), High Test Weights, & Strip-Till vs No-Till Beans

Harvest is rocking and rolling for most corn and soybean growers in Ontario save for @WheatPete himself who took an equipment breakdown as a chance to get the Word done early this week. This week’s Wheat Pete’s Word covers a lot of ground, including the why behind high test weight corn, the nitrogen connection to high… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Oct 19: Soybean Plot Results, Plant Green Penalties, & WBC Woes

Hang on and let’s go — it’s time for this week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word on! To start this week, Peter Johnson, resident agronomist and life-long Wild Man, shares a neat stay-awake reminder for all y’all out there harvesting. Bottom line? Stay safe, and let’s get this crop in the bin. From there,… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Oct 12: Hard Frost, High Vomi Corn, and Zinc Starters

Frost over the Thanksgiving weekend has put an end to the growing season, and should help with drying down soybeans, as Peter Johnson kicks off this week’s Word with an update on soybeans and corn. From there, he offers some timely advice on fall burdock control, disease considerations in cover crops and — of course, saving his… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Oct 5: European Drills, Fall Weed Control & Put Down the Phone While Driving!

As we roll into October, some later-seeded soybean yields are coming in better than expected, but there are still some disappointing stories where growers in the driest areas aren’t even bothering to harvest their beans. Meanwhile, decisions have to be made for fall weed control and wheat planting as the days get shorter. Peter Johnson,… Read more »