Wheat Pete’s Word, Aug 9: A YEN reminder, compacting sand, weed competition, and when binning is winning

We are in for a treat this week as host of Wheat Pete’s Word, Peter Johnson, sends us this weekly podcast update while on vacation in Portugal.

In the line up for today’s discussion: test weight vs. yield, falling number and binning wheat, stored grain pests, struggling beans, and some great discussion on cover crop establishment and management. Listen now or download for later!

Have a question you’d like Wheat Pete to address or some field results to send in? Agree/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].


  • Pete and 16 Johnsons are all in Portugal!
  • Are you part of YEN? Get your data in as soon as possible
  • LICO — talkin’ tile! There’s a new video series coming up
  • Compaction day was a big success, but what a lot of work. Sand soil DOES compact, but differently than clay does
  • Got the chance to run some horticulture
  • Stay on top of leafhopper!
  • Stressed beans — some are beyond help, some are incredible, and some still have an opportunity to come back
  • Phil Shaw’s poverty grass: it’s all a matter of perspective. And some people hate to grow it, that’s it that’s all
  • New genomics knowledge could really move the bar forward on wheat
  • Plot results: 158 bu/ac of wheat! Worst field was 77 bu/ac and best was 157 bu/ac
  • Send in those results
  • Farm averages of 120 to 130 bu/ac, which is good — and that’s not poverty!
  • Let’s remember, edible beans can be a disaster
  • Harvest for wheat was brutal on quality
  • DON is so far not a huge issue. Do you have bin space? Low falling number wheat might be worth more later
  • Test weight drop does not cost yield. Check out the video here.
  • Weed seed return considerations
  • Late planted beans are clean beans? Maybe
  • Fleabane and ragweed can go to seed in red clover or the oat crop (cover crop yo)
  • MCPA ester for fleabane or Buctril M is good on ragweed, but go earlier, preventing weed seed return in red clover
  • Everyone needs a cover after wheat. What weeds are there, though? Is a pre-seed pass worthwhile? Don’t count on tillage! It doesn’t kill all the weeds
  • Bindweed and sowthistle are both rate sensitive. Ramp up the rate
  • Oats are the backbone of fall cover crops — but feel free to throw in some flowering plants to keep the public happy
  • When do you plant? Early is better, but only if you have a plan for the biomass
  • Buckwheat seed setting: August 8…to six weeks to flower and start setting seed
  • Farmer saved seed…quality? If you want better varieties, you need to buy certified seed
  • Good grief, keep it aerated and cool it down. Insects love wheat. Diatomaceous earth in the aeration fan to spread it around and on the surface to keep the bugs out
  • Broadcasting prior to leaf drop in soybeans. Get the wheat in with yellow leaves — and watch for lodging risk because of root growth

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