Tag: Peter Johnson

Wheat Pete’s Word, Nov 15: Pirates, pigs in puddles and pounding the pulpit

In this episode of The Word, host Peter Johnson takes us through huge harvest highlights, corn caramelization, dormant seeding, piracy and specific questions all the way from tile runs to (of course) everything wheat. Also, today’s episode is brought to you by the letter P. Have a question you’d like Johnson to address? Or some… Read more »

Corn School: How long does it take to add 1 percent soil organic matter?

You’ve just finished combining a corn field and you want to know how much organic matter all that corn residue will contribute to your soil. RealAgriculture’s agronomist Peter Johnson tackles that question on our latest Corn School episode. Unfortunately, as Johnson explains, all those stalks and cobs won’t have much of an impact. When it… Read more »

Wheat School: The key to planting in dry soils

Whatever you do, get out there and plant your wheat. That’s the message agronomist Peter Johnson has for Ontario wheat growers in this episode of the Wheat School. “Either plant into moisture or plant in dust,” says Johnson, who notes that many growers across the province are hesitant to plant because of widespread dry soil conditions…. Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Sept 13: How much longer do Ontario crops need?

This episode of Wheat Pete’s Word features snippets of this week’s RealAg Radio show, which was recorded at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show. There’s a different vibe to this week’s Word, with a few extra voices, and the occasional sparring partner for resident agronomist and host, Peter Johnson. In the podcast, Johnson answers questions from the… Read more »

Real Dream Workshops, Ep. 1 — Shawn Schill

Are you planning to build a new farm workshop? How big should it be? What features should you incorporate? What cool ideas would make it a ‘killer shop’? Are there pitfalls you should avoid? Real Agriculture will try to answer all these questions on our new Real Dream Workshops series. To kick things off, Real… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Sept 6: How to combat your perennial weed problem

Will late rain do much to help soybean yields? Is it okay to clip clover once more? When should I apply sulphur to a winter wheat crop? What impact are cold nights having on corn crops? And, what to do about perennial weeds? In this episode of The Word, RealAg’s resident agronomist Peter Johnson fills… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, August 30: Fusarium and gibberella, wheat yields, and seeding time for “the crop of all crops!”

In this episode of Wheat Pete’s Word, RealAg Agronomist Peter Johnson expresses his confusion and concern for FROST! Oh man! It’s time to seed the “crop of all crops”, winter wheat! Find out what tips he has for you. He also adds a quick note about fusarium in wheat and gibberella in corn. Listen to… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, August 23: Wheat yield positivity, weed control, and planting management

Wheat! Yeeehaaaw! RealAg Agronomist Peter Johnson is so happy to be talking about his favourite crop in this weeks episode of Wheat Pete’s Word. He talks about the excellent yields he’s been hearing, along with some good stories with it. Johnson brings up some good thoughts about planting management as we are coming up to… Read more »

Wheat School: ‘Real’ Wheat Farmers — Shawn Schill

Not often do you hear of wheat outyielding corn, but that’s the case in our latest episode in the ‘Real’ Wheat Farmers series. RealAgriculture resident agronomist Peter Johnson can barely contain himself when Arthur, Ontario farmer Shawn Schill of Shawridge Farms tells him that one 200-acre field yielded 154 bu/ac of wheat, beating the average corn… Read more »

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 School: Stripe rust here to stay, but help is on the way

Stripe rust was back in Ontario wheat fields again in 2017. This year the presence of the disease was first confirmed in Essex County by AGRIS Co-operative. This marks the second consecutive year the disease has devastated farm fields in the province. But help is on the way. In this edition of RealAgriculture Wheat School,… 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 »

High on hybrid rye

Rye is working hard to shed its reputation for lower yields, weak agronomics and poor standability when compared to other grain crops. With the arrival of new hybrid rye varieties in Ontario, it looks like rye’s days of being relegated to cover crop status in the province are over. Quite simply, growers, seed companies, agronomists… Read more »