Wheat Pete’s Word, October 14: Dusty phos, more wheat, and the importance of residue management

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When the combine is running through those soybeans, how good of job is it doing at spreading the residue? Getting the wheat in right after the beans isn’t always just about timing — excellent field conditions and residue management matter too, says Peter Johnson, host of Wheat Pete’s Word.

In this week’s episode, Johnson shares some plot data, more about late wheat planting, a DON update, and why some farmers are having issues with MAP fertilizer this fall.

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].


  • A belated Happy Thanksgiving to all!
  • The weather, markets, and harvest are all things to be thankful for this year
  • MOAR WHEAT. Feed the beast! The market wants more wheat
  • Sell some of it though, eh? Take some risk off the table
  • We are winding down the bean harvest in some areas
  • Paying income tax means you made money, and that’s not all bad
  • IP soybeans are proving challenging to harvest — big green jelly beans in there. What happens now?
  • Glyphosate pre-harvest vs. no pre-harvest pass: definitely a difference in harvest speed for sure, just because of the crop and MOG moved through the combine
  • Scout your wheat crop! Do a stand evaluation, check for skips and bunches, because uniformity matters. How do you get there? Let’s collaborate. Residue management issues? Could be.
  • Spread that residue off the combine, please.
  • What’s more important for wheat: planting date or fit soil? They both matter. But mudding it in is not going to go well.
  • Does that mean we’re talking tillage? If you must, do some tickle tillage ahead of that 3-day window of good weather so you can get that crop in. The tillage will pay (for some)
  • Row width for residue management? Interesting question, not sure there’s research to support one over the other
  • Corn crop questions! Some corn well above 35 per cent and then there are those who are DONE harvest
  • Fall weed control opportunity, y’all
  • DON in corn report for Ontario. 245 corn samples, FieldCropNews.com, excellent story. 89% of samples below 2 ppm. As of right now, not a DON issue. But there are those fields have some higher levels and it WILL get worse, so harvest at the first opportunity, please
  • Central Huron that had on-going rainfall is showing more gibberella, higher DON
  • What about silage? About 3 ppm, but there was one at 25 ppm! WOW. So, just because the average is low doesn’t mean you shouldn’t test your own
  • Phosphorus import tariffs. U.S. phos is more expensive, so off-shore sources are coming in and the MAP is powdery and nasty and causing plugging
  • Trials: winter barley, double crop soys, soybean cyst nematode, relay intercrop soybeans, some fun stuff.
  • Tar spot in corn, is that the same as on maple trees? Nope, different.
  • One tower plugged on the drill, meaning there is five-feet across not planted with wheat. What to do? Try to get as narrow a drill as possible, try not to injure what is there.

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