As we work through the last week of October, many Ontario farmers are feeling the stress of a very wet weather cycle hampering the early harvest of soybeans and corn. Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson knows it can be difficult to be patient right now, so be sure to reach out to those around you and make sure everyone is doing well.

For this week’s topics and questions, Johnson explains how well you can push back wheat seedlings in the fall and where it might already be done for the year. Also, how do you decide when to apply manure? That, and a few reminders on farm safety round out this week’s show.

Have a question you would like Johnson to answer or performance results to send? Don’t you agree with what he said? Leave him a message at 1-888-746-3311, send him a tweet (@wheatpete) or send him an email at [email protected]


  • Citizens against almost everything = CAVE people
  • Be positive and find solutions
  • There is stress out there – we can feel it and hear it
  • Yes, the yields (and prices!) Of corn are exciting, but the excessive rain really lowers everyone’s morale.
  • Soy is always out, and it’s stress too
  • Purple seed stain and other degradation factors involved
  • Wheat 2022 seems to be damn profitable… because nobody gets the acres of wheat. Ugh! So many people can’t take a break right now
  • Please slow down. Think twice, act once. Be safe there. We all have to come home safe and sound every night.
  • Remove the mud from the road!
  • Remember, what consumers see on the road is how they judge farmers
  • We sell by the pound (or some other weight) – does test weight really matter? It does! But the weight of the grain is what adds to the yield.
  • Shaggy winter barley? Nick says, hey, leave a strip!
  • 60 percent of the expected wheat is in it, says Peter. And maybe it’s optimistic
  • The straw might be missing
  • What does your wheat harvest tell you? Tile wheat can tell you many stories
  • Maize yield maps can be denitrification maps
  • Send those plot results, please
  • Wheat plus red clover plus manure vs. continuous corn plus manure, and the yield advantage went to wheat / red clover before corn (vs. continuous)
  • Red clover plus manure vs zero N, up to 150 lb N: the economic rate was around 100 lb N
  • Pork and chicken manure should continue into the spring (for N), BUT you run the risk of more compaction and possible planting delays. Think about logistics
  • Winter wheat hasn’t arrived yet… are you already switching to spring wheat? November will decide, but on heavy clays this is unlikely to be an option
  • Frost seeding will be key (possibly winter wheat on well-drained soils)
  • Insects love wheat! Put something with the seed or you will have no more sprout next year
  • Seed mixed with MAP – can I keep it until next year? Not if it’s dusty or if it’s wet. All bad. Do a germ test before it gets into the ground!

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