Wheat Pete’s Word, Nov 23: Corn Seed Treatment Comparisons, Nitrates Post-Silage, & Strip-till Don’ts

It’s Wednesday! And that means it’s time for resident agronomist Peter Johnson’s latest Word.

While there’s not much growing out there this time of year except line ups at the corn dryer, there’s always something to talk about. In this week’s Wheat Pete’s Word, the Wildman talks corn trials (with some smart cautions), insecticide seed treatment differences, some strip-tillage dos and don’ts, and even throws in a little market update for you loyal listeners. Give it a play, below!

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  • Hybrid trials should be live at GoCorn.net . A few words of caution regarding Western Bean Cutworm tolerance ratings, AND Wheat Pete gives a great run-down on what a longer season corn hybrid can do for certain areas
  • On to corn seed treatments. A reminder that seed corn maggot is not on the label for Lumivia, however the company says they’re working on it
  • What’s the yield difference between using a Fortenza or a Neonic? Wheat Pete shares his plot trial results from the year on both conventional and plant green plots
  • At the end of the day — seed treatments offer yield benefits, but there is a difference in cost. One costs more in paperwork and time (neonics), the others cost more in cash 🙂


  • If it’s ugly, it’s probably wet feet. Moving on…


  • Soybean cash prices are up!
  • Wheat basis is improving!


  • Late fall strip tillage: it’s not a good time. What are we learning? Always, always have a plan. We don’t need too-green cover crops wrapping necessitating a move to disc rippers
  • Do you HAVE to kill a cover crop 14 days before working the ground? The difference on when to terminate depends on what you plan on doing next — if you’re going to work the ground, no 14 days isn’t always necessary, but for plant green, we’re not talking working the ground (we’re planting into the dead/dying cover)
  • High soil nitrate tests post-silage. What’s going on? What can you do about it?

That’s it, that’s all! Until next week, stay safe, and start planning for next year!