Wheat Pete’s Word, Jan 4: 15″ Row Do’s and Dont’s, Green Under Snow, & Building OM

It may be a new year, but it’s the same ol’ host for Wheat Pete’s Word (only a little bit because we named it after him, and mostly because he’s a one-of-a-kind).

This week, you’ll be dazzled by the organic matter talk, as some clarification was needed, plus Peter Johnson takes on the yield loss after corn-on-corn critique head on. From there, we deep-dive into the do’s and don’ts on 15″ corn spacing, and Johnson includes some neat-o trivia you can wow your friends with at the next dinner party.

Don’t forget to send Peter your questions, comments, plot results, etc! Leave a message at 1-888-746-3311, send him a tweet (@wheatpete), or email him at [email protected].

Summary

  • Organic matter clarification. Can you add more, faster? Sure! Check out David Montgomery’s work here.
  • Did you know? A 180 bu. corn crop removes about 36,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Neat, but let’s remember it doesn’t all STAY removed.
  • If a crop following itself loses yields wouldn’t continuous corn eventually yield next to nothing? No, and Wheat Pete explains why.
  • Does single cut make more haylage than double cut?
  • Narrow corn rows may be necessary for maximum yields, but there are trade-offs— lower quality silage, for example. Whatever you do, do not double plant, warns Johnson.