Successful winter wheat crops depend on the process of vernalization in order to spur the wheat to shift  from vegetative to reproductive growth. The process is initiated by the presence of cold temperatures and, surprising to many, is not dependent on seedling growth. “Wheat’s a pretty interesting crop,” says Peter Johnson, cereal specialist for the… Read More

If you had winter wheat aerial-applied or broadcast on in September, you may want to get out there and look at what you’ve got. Reports of major slug damage are trickling in, with some fields reporting as high as 95% damage to wheat kernels left on the soil surface. As Peter Johnson, provincial cereal specialist… Read More

If farmers want continued access to neonicotinoid seed treatments, they’re going to have to do two things: one, practice a series of beneficial management practices to minimize dusting off at planting; and, two, participate in strip trials of insecticide-treated and non-insecticide-treated corn and soybean seed in 2014. Ontario Ministry of Agriculture cereal specialist, Peter Johnson,… Read More

The numbers for the 2013 Ontario winter wheat crop are in. This year growers averaged 80.6 bu/ac of winter wheat. Not too shabby, however, according to Peter Johnson, Cereal Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, what may be coming down the pipe for the 2014 crop is even better. How much better? The trend… Read More

The seed drill does its most precise job if running through uniform residue and soil. While there’s little you can do about soil variability, residue management is well within your power. As Peter Johnson says in this video, start your winter wheat planting pass from the combine by spreading residue uniformly. (Click here to see… Read More