Category: Wheat Pete’s Word

Wheat Pete’s Word, August 16: Dream farm shops, neonics, and manure tests

From doggone insect issues to dream farm shops, we have some exciting things to cover on this week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word. RealAg agronomist Peter Johnson tackles some cereal questions regarding harvest timing, winter cereal planting, nitrogen losses in manure, and more. Listen here, and read some of the highlights below: Your questions/feedback/yield results are… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, August 9: Insect invasions, disease dilemmas, and hail on soybeans

On this week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word, RealAg Agronomist Peter Johnson talks about the never ending insect invasion that has gone on all of this growing season. He also talks about all the diseases he’s seeing, and possible management techniques. And wondering whether to take soybeans as hay or wait for potential yields after… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, August 2: Spider mites, soil fertility, and wild weather conditions

In this week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word, RealAg agronomist Peter Johnson is still floored by the amount of insects he is seeing this year. He offers some quick updates on alfalfa, some important tips on fertility, and since he apparently didn’t get a chance to talk about it last week, he gives some updates… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, July 26: Late tasseling, nitrate tests, and plot results

The weather continues to be all over the map, whether in Ontario or Western Canada, as RealAg agronomist Peter Johnson leads off this week’s edition of Wheat Pete’s Word. He gives a quick update on crop insurance coverage, saying there’s some good news there. There are also a number of issues to cover in corn,… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, July 19: White mold, rust, and a wonderful wheat crop!

A harvest update — yes, combines have started rolling in parts of Ontario — as RealAg agronomist Peter Johnson expresses his excitement for harvest in this week’s Word. There are also concerns about white mold, western bean cutworm, and aphids, to discuss. Learn about these issues, and much more, in this week’s episode of Wheat… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, July 12: Corn fungicides, fertilizer strategies, and capitalizing on protein premiums

In this week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word, RealAg agronomist Peter Johnson highlights corn fungicides and western bean cutworm control. He also talks about what a fun ride the wheat market has been on — are there any management opportunity to capitalize on those protein premiums? Peter wraps up this episode discussing equipment and fertilizer… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, July 5: Leafhopper alert, disease diagnostics, and weed control woes

Insects, insects, insects! Peter Johnson is amazed by all the insects he is seeing this year. In this week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word, RealAg agronomist Peter Johnson talks about bugs, disease diagnostics, and weed control woes. He also has some “cover crop craziness” to discuss, and much more! Check out what Wheat Pete has… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, June 28: Extreme hail, what’s happening to nitrogen, and beautiful barley(!)

What’s with all the hail and rain? In this week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word, RealAg agronomist Peter Johnson once again talks about the extreme weather Ontario has been facing, including the hail, and what it’ll take to recover. He expresses excitement about some beautiful barley he’s seeing, but also disappointment as he talks of… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, June 21: Whacky weather, soybean aphids and rootless corn

What about that weather? It’s uniformly variable and mostly what we don’t want, explains RealAg agronomist Peter Johnson on this week’s Word. In 17 power-packed minutes, Peter laments the arrival of armyworm, soybean aphids and cereal leaf beetle. He also describes how you can fit the roots of 8-leaf rootless corn in your coffee cup…. Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, June 14: Baffling weather, pedal-to-the-metal corn, and rolling edible beans

From cold and wet, transitioning into too hot and dry, all in just one week in Ontario. How is that possible? RealAg agronomist Peter Johnson is just as baffled when it comes to the weather, as he discusses on this week’s Word. Peter covers the latest in wheat, soybeans, corn, edible beans, forage management, and has… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, June 7: Hula hoops, big hay yields, & saying no to half-rate fungicides

Haying is underway (with some phenomenal yields!), soybeans are struggling, and sprayers are rolling — there’s lots of ground to cover on this week’s Word with RealAg agronomist Peter Johnson. Peter discusses the replant decision facing soybean growers, rolling timing on beans, early weed control in wheat, drift reduction agents, fungicide rates, row spacing for… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, May 31: Insects in a wet year, dandelions, and wild, wonderful wheat!

In this episode of Wheat Pete’s Word, RealAg Agronomist Peter Johnson wonders why insects are such a problem already, seeing as it’s been a wet year, and that usually means the fields are full of disease, not bugs. He also dives into crop progress — what sort of advances have been made in Ontario, as… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, May 24: Insect alerts, head snag, and delayed corn strategies

As corn planting moves along in Ontario, the list of issues to deal with in the field is also progressing, as RealAg agronomist Peter Johnson has a pair of insect alerts on this week’s Word. Unfortunately there’s also been some frost in parts of the country, and Wheat Pete walks us through how to assess the… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, May 17: Western Canada leads #plant17, leaf burn woes, and crusting corn

Cork-screw corn, good-looking western spring crops, heat unit discrepancies — it’s been a wild week of major seeding progress in Western Canada, while much of Ontario’s planting progress has been hamstrung with extremely cold and wet weather. Some Ontario farmers, including Wheat Pete’s Word host Peter Johnson, are on to plan C for field prep as rain… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, May 10: Quality forage timing, cold temp fallout, and two-pass fungicide strategy

This week’s (almost!) cross-Canada Wheat Pete’s Word is packed full of great questions, worries about cold temperatures, solid timely answers on field management, and at least one alert, alert, alert! Your host Peter Johnson tackles questions on harvesting cereal rye (soon! this week!) while keeping compaction in mind, if corn seed is going to be… Read more »