Wheat School: Planting Wheat Helps Manage Phosphorus Run-off

Real Agriculture’s resident agronomist Peter Johnson has found yet another reason to grow wheat.

In this episode of Wheat School, our intrepid WheatPete turns reporter as he interviews
Dr. Tom Bruulsema, the International Plant Nutrition Institute’s Phosphorus Program Director, on how farmers can better manage phosphorus application by including wheat in the rotation.

Bruulsema notes that planting wheat in the fall gives farmers a low-risk opportunity to apply nutrients in August and September. “If your soil is slipping below the critical soil test phosphorous level, it’s a great time to put on a build-up application, whether it’s manure, fertilizer or biosolids. That’s the time of year when your risk of run-off is a lot lower than late fall or early spring,” he says.

Johnson, of course, takes the opportunity to remind Bruulsema and viewers of all the other important reasons to grow wheat in the rotation – from improving soil structure to high corn and soybean yields.