Wheat Pete’s Word, Feb 10: Building Soil, Corn Stover and Disapproving Brewers

In this week’s Word, Peter Johnson, resident agronomist for RealAgriculture and host of this weekly podcast, answers questions around cover crops, rotations, red clover, fertility and insecticides.

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Highlights:

  • Brewers in England will no longer accept barley that has been sprayed with growth regulators.
  • “The value of pipe is just behind the value of quota.”
  • Any new insecticide seed treatments coming down the pipeline to target bean leaf beetle?
  • Extensive study on red clover in Brant County showed the most consistent was March seeding, December the least.
  • Single cut or double cut red clover on heavy clay soil?
  • Under-seeding wheat — red clover or alfalfa?
  • Worrying about preferential flow of nutrients in manure.
  • Putting a value on corn stover for compost.
  • Overcoming low pH.
  • Building soil ahead of soybeans.