Category: Wheat Pete’s Word

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 RealAgriculture.com! 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 »

Wheat Pete’s Word — Sept 29: Punky Corn Cobs, Yield Monitor Highs, & Orange Gas Warnings

Yes, we’re a day late with Wheat Pete’s Word, but it was so worth it because we broke a record for most questions in a week! Well, OK, that’s not quite true, but it was so close — so hats off to you, dear listeners and readers, we really do appreciate all the interactions and… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Sept 21: Drought Tolerance Comparisons, the Cost of Delaying Wheat Planting & Diplo-what?

It’s late September, the days are warm, and the combines are starting to roll into the edible beans and soybeans. Corn silage harvest has also started and that means we kick off this week’s Wheat Pete’s Word with a reminder and a plead — stay safe and use those lights! From there, we head into… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Sept. 14: “Live” From Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show

It’s a special edition of the Word this week, as Peter Johnson, our resident agronomist at RealAgriculture, hosted his weekly agronomy discussion live at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show on Tuesday. It was a chance to have Wheat Pete answer your questions in-person, whether talking about his first-love crop, fall weed control or the nutrients in… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Sept 7: Hot & Humid Weather, Sprouting Corn, & Wheat Planting No-Gos

Harvest is rolling along in many areas of the province, including the first reported grain corn coming off earlier this week. This week, RealAgriculture’s Peter Johnson tackles your toughest questions on troubled corn, late hay, and wheat variety selection in this September 7th edition of Wheat Pete’s Word. (Highlights below). Listen or download below! And of… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Aug 31: Peter at His Wheatiest, Plus Blunt Ear and Sudden Death Syndrome

Peter Johnson, resident agronomist at RealAgriculture, and host of the Word, announces he’s hitting the field September 1 — a new record on Johnson’s farm, wheat prices are crashing, seeding rates between conventional and organic farming, and (surprise!) Wheat Pete thinks you ought to grow wheat. Listen or download below! And of course, if you… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Aug 24: Bean Harvest, Smelly Manure & Invasive Phragmites

Peter Johnson, resident agronomist at RealAgriculture, and host of the Word, discusses the now-underway edible bean harvest, Ontario wheat trials, smelly liquid manure and soil tests. Listen or download below! And of course, if you have a question for Wheat Pete, call 1-844-540-2014, send him a tweet (@wheatpete), or email him at pjohnson@realagriculture.com. Highlights: Wheat:… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Aug 17: Much-Celebrated Moisture, Selective Tillage and Ugly Corn

After weeks of talking about drought, much of Ontario is celebrating. Peter Johnson, resident agronomist at RealAgriculture, and host of the Word, discusses the recent rains, and what management shifts producers will have to consider, plus: spider mites, the pros and cons of tillage, and strip-tilling fertilizer. Listen or download below! And of course, if you… Read more »