Wheat Pete’s Word, Feb 20: Rotation kickbacks, iced wheat fields, and warm fertilizer for soybeans

We’re talking rotation trade-offs in this edition of Wheat Pete’s Word — and, no, not just because your host Peter Johnson loves him some wheat crop.

It’s all about year three benefits when looking at a three or four year rotations vs. two-year alternating crop plans, Johnson says, and the results could be as high as $100/acre more in your pocket. This week, Johnson also tackles some neat questions around warm liquid fertilizer out west on soybeans, game-planing patchy wheat, and if carbon dioxide is delivering higher yields.

Have a question you’d like Johnson to address? Or some yield results to send in? Disagree with something he’s said? Leave him a message at 1-888-746-3311, send him a tweet (@wheatpete), or email him at [email protected].


  • (Editor’s note: Sorry positing is a day late, I was busy)
  • Bring your questions next week and trip up your host, the Wildman himself — and there’s even an agronomy bear pit session
  • If there’s snow, don’t go. Yeah we’re talking manure, but there’s also photos circulating of Ukraine/Romania fertilizer spreading going on now. Just bad.
  • Rotation data: corn/soys and corn/soy/wheat rotation: Farmer says the addition of wheat equals 19.6 bu/ac bump in corn, and 5.2 bu increase in soy. Do the math! $100/ac because of the wheat crop. Another farmer does: corn/soy/wheat/soy, so he can no-till corn into soy residue. Backs off tillage, includes oat cover crop. Good results.
  • Same goes for western Canada, as there’s denial on the clubroot file. Grow canola at one in three, no more, and grow resistant varieties, at a minimum.
  • Headed to National Farm Machinery Show last week. Check out Realag coverage here.
  • This poor wheat crop — will the freeze-thaw cycle and ice kick the wheat in the teeth? First off, it’s a little early. Second, if you’re worried about thin stands, look into feed prices, as they’re pretty good. You could fill in with spring wheat. Fusarium control will be a challenge. Choose variety wisely. Keep wheat in rotation!
  • Carbon dioxide increases means iron goes down in crops. Does carbon dioxide increase cause yield bumps? The data doesn’t really support that, no. Interesting stuff for sure.
  • Soybeans out west: imbibing cold water can really knock back this crop. Cold soil isn’t the issue, it’s where we plant into cool  soil and a rainstorm happens right after — a slow uptake causes less of an issue than fast. Still need soil over six or seven degrees, for sure.
  • What about warm water for liquid fertilizer? It’s a cool thought process
  • Frozen beans in the bin — it’s all about relative humidity, the problem is with fully frozen beans….you need to thaw the beans BEFORE you try to dry them. Wait? Maybe just use air.
  • Tramping beans in 15″ or 30″ row spacing? Have you moved tires? or try twin row soybeans.

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