Wheat Pete’s Word, Sep 23 — Seeping Silage, Single-Cut Clover and Starter Fert

Harvest is in full swing in Ontario, high-moisture silage pits are seeping (you need to act on this!), winter wheat planting is underway, weakling cover crops may be stronger than you think, and big thanks for your valuable feedback! All that and more in this week‘s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word.

The Highlights


Combine Canola SwathFor the most part, harvest is looking better than anticipated, though edible beans are yielding as low as 500lb/ac in places, due to excessive rain after planting.

Some silage pits put up a little wet are starting to seep. Johnson explains why you must not let that liquid get into the tile. Contain it.

And, Essex County is seeing the start to corn harvest, with less than 25% moisture and good yields so far.

Wheat Planting Tips

Where to begin on winter wheat planting.

  1. Starter Fertilizer – “The deal is all about phosphorous,” says Johnson. He goes on to field a few questions from the audience, including:
    • “I have a 90 potash soil test. Do I need starter potash in my wheat?”
    • “What about adding magnesium into my starter fertilizer on my wheat with a low magnesium soil test?”
      AC Emerson winter wheat Unless you’re below 100[ppm], you’re not low on magnesium. If you’re below 60, you’re horrendously low on magnesium. We have no data with magnesium starter on wheat. We’re going to do some…but at the end of the day, I don’t see the need for magnesium.
    • “What about adding manganese into my starter fertilizer?”
    • Which is better, liquid or dry starter fertilizer?
    • What to consider when using mono-ammonium phosphorous (MAP)
  2. Herbicide options – Is it too late to spray planted wheat? What should be used?
    It’s so warm, that things are going to come quickly… I generally say you have four days. At two inches deep, you maybe have five.

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Cover Crops

On cover crops, Johnson talks single-cut versus double-cut red clover, strip tilling and what to consider as a cover crop this late in the season.

If your oats are coming into head, for goodness sakes, wipe them out, chop them up, do something with them.

Unexpected Injury — The Impact of Herbicide Carry Over on Cover Crops
Tillage Options For Red Clover and Other Cover Crops

And More...

Don’t miss out on everything else Peter Johnson has to say in this episode of Wheat Pete’s Word, as he covers the significance of the number 3431, rust in oats, and hey — a big shout-out to everyone who has been providing feedback! Thank you!

Crown Rust Resistance Breaking Down in Some “Resistant” Oat Varieties — Ratings Changes Possible
I’m Done with fearing food and done with A&W: Andrew Campbell

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