Wheat School: Why Leave Those Pea Fields Bare? Rotation Partners for High Yields

“Why is this field not planted to wheat?” Peter Johnson, OMAFRA. Photo credit: Bern Tobin, 2014

It’s late September and Peter Johnson, cereal specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, can’t understand why a harvested pea field is bare.

“This (pea field) is the ultimate place to plant wheat…this should have been planted two weeks ago!”

Johnson adds that research proves planting winter wheat early results in bigger yields, but in a late year like this one, every acre matters. What’s more, pea fields are essentially the perfect spot to plant wheat — you even get to pull back your added nitrogen rates, as the N left from a pea crop is highly available for wheat in the next year.

In this Wheat School episode, Johnson explains how big a difference early planting makes, how the preceding crop can impact wheat yields, why, if you insist on planting wheat after silage corn, you need to have a spot-on fusarium management plan ready and

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