Wheat Pete’s Word, Nov 16: Fall manure losses, terminating clover, corn smut, and how we spend our days

(Paige Holmquist/RealAgriculture)

What is your time worth?

This week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word encourages everyone to slow down for two major reasons: one, time is fleeting and the years we get with our kids and our loved ones are short; and, two, working safe on the farm and the roads requires a stop, look, act approach.

But host Peter Johnson isn’t only waxing philosophical in this week’s Word — he’s also got advice on manure applications, managing clover, estimating corn yield impacts, and more!

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]

SUMMARY

  • Safety, safety, safety — we’re not doing a great job in agriculture
  • Please, be safe. Your health is the most important thing
  • Think twice, act once. Slow down
  • Time is ticking! Go to @SahilBloom and read about on how many hours we spend with family, friends, our children over our lifetime
  • Don’t miss the time with your kids and your family
  • Poster season and research meetings begins!
  • GoSoy.ca should have trials up soon
  • The YEN (Great Lakes club) results will go up Monday
  • Corn field fires down south apparently moved north — in Grey and Bruce county saw a corn field fire each
  • Corn field fire 2022 (supplied)

  • In Saskatchewan, it’s so dry a farmer tried rolling snow to get it in to the ground (sublimation may get around that, so may have been futile)
  • Test weight of corn doesn’t matter to yield
  • Does kernel weight translate to yield? It did in 2021
  • Is it region dependent? Dale Cowan is looking in to it
  • Corn piles are adding up
  • Is it too much corn or are elevators stuffed? Ports are jammed (read/hear more here)
  • Three producers said winter wheat out-yielded corn in 2022. Wow
  • Yield loss from herbicide drift was twice as costly this year
  • The increase in crop heat units in Ontario in a 10-year moving average since 1951
  • Latest is to 2021. Over that time, 425 CHUs gained
  • Smutty corn even in dry conditions — is there a toxin to worry about?
  • Smut is a stress factor (maize mushrooms, you can eat it)
  • Brown gold time! Manure questions: is it ok to leave manure on the surface
  • In general, liquid on the surface in late fall and no incorporation = high risk of movement into waterways
  • And it stinks = unhappy neighbours
  • What about losses? It depends
  • C:N ratio matters, pH matters and changes rate of loss
  • Join us on Monday at 8 pm E to talk N loss prevention
  • Oat, pea, radish cover crop plus dry beef manure, applied in August should be fine to not incorporate
  • Spring dragline dairy manure in to corn? Unless it rains right away and soaks in, you’ll lose the N
  • Cover crop red clover credit: is it different for worked vs sprayed? The time to grow is the difference, not how you terminate