Category: Wheat Pete’s Word

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 [email protected] 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 »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Aug 11: Cobless Corn, Rising Hay Prices & Alfalfa Reseed Decisions

Cobless corn, 35 bu/ac oats, rising hay prices — the drought of 2016 continues to take its toll. Peter Johnson, resident agronomist at RealAgriculture, and host of the Word, discusses the impact the dryness is having on corn, spring cereal yields and the implications for applying manure, among other agronomic challenges facing Ontario growers. Listen or download… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, August 3: Early Corn Silage, Spider Mites and Fertility After Alfalfa

There are still many areas in Ontario that are dealing with drought and high temperatures during grain-fill. Peter Johnson, resident agronomist at RealAgriculture, and host of the Word talks about some of the options for managing through a drought, with a particular focus on harvesting corn silage early. Johnson also covers insects to scout for, corn… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, July 27: Knee-High Tasseling Corn, Emergency Oatlage & 3 Things to Do After Wheat Harvest

The drought continues to take a toll on corn and soybeans with nutrient deficiencies showing up. There’s nothing that can be done about the lack of rain, but there are some management opportunities for future years, explains Peter Johnson on this week’s Word. He also outlines three steps that need to be taken after wheat harvest… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, July 21: 149 Bushel Wheat, Western Bean Cutworm and White Mould

Wheat harvest is moving along quickly which is why we’re a day late with the Word again this week. In this update, Peter Johnson, RealAg’s resident agronomist, discusses the incredible wheat results and how to manage those fields after harvest, western bean cutworm and other insects of concern, and how the drought is affecting corn and… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, July 14: Awesome Wheat Yields and Rain!

Rain…finally! And some unbelievable wheat yields being reported — Wheat Pete is fired up (even more than normal!) for this week’s update. After discussing rainfall amounts and early wheat results, Peter gets into the tight timeline for double-cropping soybeans, the impact this rain could have on corn, and much more. Listen or download below! Have a… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, July 6: Wilting Clover, Tillering Corn and Crying for Rain

It’s hard to believe we’re already at wheat harvest, but it’s time to get the combine set up! And take a look at those fields! Producers across the province are finding disease, insects and nutrient deficiencies, and it’s all in this week’s Word, with Peter Johnson, resident agronomist for RealAgriculture. Have a question for Wheat Pete? Call… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, June 29: Dry Weather Scares, Curling Corn and Top-Dressing Nitrogen

Dry weather might scare you to death, but what about wet weather? And, corn leaves appear to be wrapping during the heat of the day — what’s up with that? It’s all in this week’s Word, as Peter Johnson, resident agronomist for RealAgriculture, shares his advice and answers your questions in this update for the week… Read more »